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)
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
Equinox & Solstice
- March Exquinox
- When is the Spring Equinox?
- Nearly Equal Night & Day
- 10 Facts: March Equinox
- June Solstice
- Summer Solstice
- September Equinox
- Autumnal Equinox
- December solstice
- Winter Solstice