Winter solstice day is also known as December solstice. It happens to be Winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and Summer solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. December solstice has a particular significance astronomically, culturally and religiously.
Winter Solstice Day – Date, History, Significance & Celebration
It is believed that the December solstice in the Northern Hemisphere i.e. the winter solstice is the shortest day of the year. Winter is considered to be the season of darkness and cold and this day marks the importance of the turning of the sun after which the day slowly gets a little longer. It is celebrated to celebrate the joy of lighter days coming. It nurtures the continuous cycle of nature. This day is celebrated with feasts and festivals as holidays become around the corner during December. Many festivals such as Christmas and New year are celebrated around winter solstice.
Christmas is celebrated around the winter solstice on December 25th. Christmas signifies the birth of Jesus Christ. Some people refer Christmas to as Yule, which means pre-Christmas winter solstice festival.
On the day of winter solstice, it is said that the difference between the time of sun rising and sun setting is the shortest. It usually falls on December 21-22nd December. It is believed the after this day the season of happy spring is coming after a long dark and cold season of winters. It is interesting to know that this mid-winter festival in Eastern Europe is known as Koleda.
The connection between Christmas and winter solstice is quite strange. It is believed that the main and strong reason why Jesus was not born in the month of winters and he was born in the spring months and autumn months is because it gets very cold in the winter. And it’s not appropriate that the shepherds would have been keeping sheep out on the hills.
Several people think after studying the Bible, that the Sukkot would be the most preferable time for the birth of Jesus. It can also be fitted in the position that there being no room in the inn.
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However the day of winter solstice is also known as Midwinter, Yule, the longest Night, Jól, etc. People from various backgrounds and cultures celebrate this festival with equal enthusiasm. It has both cultural and astronomical significance. People celebrate this festival by meeting their loved ones and feasting, singing and dancing together, preparing bonfires. The winter solstice day stays for 24 hours i.e. starts on 21st December and ends on 22nd December.