Winter Solstice for the year 2023 is celebrated/observed on Wednesday, December 21st. There are until the next observance.

Because of the tilt of the earth, the Winter Solstice is the day with the shortest length of daylight and the longest night of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere). In many cultures, the day is a day of feasting and celebration, but even if you’re completely agnostic, you may find a reason to cheer because, from today, you’ll see steadily shorter nights and longer days, indicating the arrival of spring.

📆 When is Winter Solstice?

This year, Winter Solstice is on December 21st. It is the 3rd Wednesday in December; in 2023, it is on Thursday.

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📜 History of Winter Solstice

☑️ Winter Solstice facts

Things to do on Winter Solstice

Do a solstice ritual
You can observe the solstice in accordance with local customs or you can be inspired by Pagan tradition, in which you contemplate in darkness on the eve of the solstice and then celebrate the birth of the sun by singing chants and pagan carols. To burn a Yule log, you’ll need lots of candles and a fireplace or outside fire circle.

Fly to Stonehenge
Every year, modern druids assemble at Stonehenge in England to commemorate the celebration. On a clear day, if you stand at the right spot within Stonehenge, gazing east through the entrance towards a stone outside the circle known as the Heel Stone, you’ll see the sun rising above the heel stone. For a monument created at least 3,000 years ago, that’s quite complex and accurate construction, and most people who’ve seen it agree it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event.

Make a resolution
The usual day for resolutions is New Year’s Eve, but what better day than the Winter Solstice to write yourself a couple of notes? On one note, write down a feature of the previous year that you’d like to let go of, and on the other, put down an aim or dream that you’d like to realize in the next year.

📅 Winter Solstice Observances

2022 December 21 Wednesday
2023 December 21 Thursday
2024 December 21 Saturday
2025 December 21 Sunday
2026 December 21 Monday

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