The winter solstice occurs this upcoming week here in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the darkest time of year for us. The winter solstice is an astronomical event that occurs when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator. It marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year, and occurs around December 21st in the northern hemisphere and June 21st in the southern hemisphere. The winter solstice is the official beginning of winter in the northern hemisphere and the official beginning of summer in the southern hemisphere.
During the winter solstice, the sun appears to be at its lowest point in the sky and is only visible for a short period of time. This can cause the days leading up to and following the winter solstice to be particularly gloomy and overcast. However, the winter solstice also marks the beginning of the sun's journey back toward the celestial equator, which means that the days will start to get longer and the nights shorter.
Throughout history, the winter solstice has been celebrated by many different cultures as a time of renewal and hope. It is often associated with the rebirth of the sun and the return of light to the world. Many people celebrate the winter solstice with festivals, rituals, and celebrations that honor the sun and the changing of the seasons. It seems fitting that we celebrate with lights and joy this time of year.