Winter Solstice – Shortest Day of the Year
Solstices are opposite on either side of the equator, so the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere is the summer solstice in the southern hemisphere and vice versa.
Northern Hemisphere winter solstice
(North America, Central America, Europe, Asia, northern Africa)
Southern Hemisphere winter solstice
(Australia, New Zealand, South America, Southern Africa)Culture & Traditions: June Solstice Culture & Traditions: December Solstice
In the USA and some other areas in the northern hemisphere, the winter solstice marks the first day of winter. However, the official date for the first day of winter varies depending on the country's climate.
In this Article
- When is the Solstice in my city?
- Northern Hemisphere winter solstice
- Southern Hemisphere winter solstice
- First day of winter?
Equinox & Solstice
- Nearly Equal Night & Day
- March Equinox
- 10 Facts: March Equinox
- Vernal (Spring) Equinox
- Customs Around March Equinox
- September Equinox
- Autumnal (Fall) Equinox
- Customs: September Equinox
- June Solstice
- Customs Around June Solstice
- Summer Solstice
- December Solstice
- Winter Solstice