The day will feature just 9 hours, 53 minutes and 21 seconds of daylight - compared to our typical 12 hours or so, the NWS says.
The 23.5-degree tilt in Earth's axis of rotation gives different parts of the planet more exposure to the Sun at different times of the year, providing seasons.
The festival of Faugni ignis' in Italy (fires of Faunus) is a millenary popular rite when propitiatory fires were lit by peasants before the winter solstice to invoke the favors of Faunus, god of fertility. That's because even though the winter solstice is the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, it's not the day of the earliest sunset or the latest sunrise.
Not necessarily. In fact, the coldest temperatures usually don't hit until days after the solstice.
How is the Winter Solstice observed throughout the world?
At the same time, places like Australia in the Southern Hemisphere mark the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. Because of this angle and our planet's path around the sun, the Northern Hemisphere is tilted farther away from the sun. As you can imagine, the higher latitudes (New England, Canada, Alaska, etc.) will experience a much more pronounced winter solstice. This means we also get the longest "night", with the most hours of darkness in a 24-hour period. By far the best time to view the full moon is as it rises, which is at 4:47 p.m EST in NY and 5:09 PST in Los Angeles on December 22.
Will it be the coldest day of the year? So winter solstice is generally celebrated for being the rebirth of the sun and as the beginning of the solar year.
The full moon won't be the only thing to watch for on our longest night of the year.
Studio owner Sam Flemming said the summer solstice was a significant time in yoga practice as it marked a seasonal change.
Who else is ready for the days to get a little longer?