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Why Is The Winter Solstice So Important?

December 21

by Colaborador EMedia

By NationalToday

December Solstice or the Winter Solstice is the longest night and shortest day of the year

Most winter solstice celebrations aim to release darkness in favor of light

December Solstice is the longest night and shortest day of the year, which usually occurs during December. This year it is celebrated on December 21. What is it about the winter solstice that inspires such myth and magic? The earliest people on Earth were fascinated by it. It’s safe to say we’re still smitten even today. The solstice marks the disappearance and return of the sun. And thus, celebrations can be both literal and metaphorical. No matter where you live, the solstice happens for everyone at the same time. That’s pretty magical and a reason to celebrate.


December Solstice or the Winter Solstice has always inspired mythical celebrations. The earliest humans learned to observe the sun’s path and the length of daylight. They noticed patterns of shifting sunrises and sunsets throughout the year.

To better understand the phenomenon, many ancient cultures dedicated monuments to charting the sun’s movement. Some historians believe that ‘Macchu Picchu’ in Peru and ‘Stonehenge’ in England followed the sun’s progress throughout the year. Today, we know a solstice is an ‘astronomical event’. The earth orbits around the sun at a tilt, not upright. What this means is the Northern and Southern Hemispheres take turns receiving the sun’s light directly. Thus, the earth’s tilt creates the onset of summer and winter, not our distance from the sun.

On the December Solstice, the Northern Hemisphere is at the farthest away from the sun. It’s why the days become shorter and the nights become longer during this time. December Solstice marks the official beginning of winter. The solstice takes place at the same time everywhere on earth. You would need to research the exact time of the solstice per C.S.T. or U.S.T. time and calculate the difference per your time zone.

December Solstice has deep spiritual connotations too. When daylight increasingly retreats, it symbolizes a period of going within. For many cultures, this is a time of rest and introspection. At the same time, it’s also a celebration of light and the anticipation of spring. Solstice festivities differ widely across countries. It’s incredible how this astronomical phenomenon binds so many cultures. Each one has a different interpretation of this most special time of the year. No matter where you are in the world, the occurrence deserves celebration.

What happens on the December solstice?

December Solstice or the Winter Solstice is the longest night and shortest day of the year. It occurs when the Earth’s axis tilts furthest away from the sun. All places north of the equator receive less than 12 hours of daylight during this time.

What is the spiritual meaning of the winter solstice?

Winter solstice or December solstice is a time of reflection and rest. Both metaphorically and literally, it’s a period where we build up slowly towards sunnier days.


  1. Decorate a yule tree

    Many Christmas traditions borrow from pagan solstice rituals. So, the chances are you’re already celebrating the December Solstice without realizing it. Decorating Christmas trees is remarkably similar to adorning traditional solstice yule trees. In ancient times, people decorated solstice trees with lights and ornaments too.

  2. Make solstice lanterns

    Make a yule lantern as a symbol of light that emanates from the fellowship of the community. It means our light can shine bright until sunlight enters our lives again.

  3. Invite the kids for yule-inspired crafting

    Make sun-shaped crafts and ornaments at home. Invite the family over and have them hang up their DIY ornaments on the Christmas tree.


  1. In anticipation of brighter days

    Most winter solstice celebrations aim to release darkness in favor of light. It’s a fitting way to end the year and make way for new beginnings.

  2. Connecting us to the universe

    We love how the winter solstice means something special to people and cultures everywhere. It’s a reminder of how we’re all children of the same universe.

  3. A time for introspection

    December solstice is the ideal time to think back on the year past. Symbolically, looking inward. The sun’s absence seems to work in sync.

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