Google doodle celebrates winter solstice, shortest day of the year

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Dec 21, 2018, 10:31 AM(IST)

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 Winter solstice occurs when one of the earth's poles has its maximum tilt away from the sun. 

Google Doodle on Friday marked the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year when the earth is the farthest from the sun. It is also known as the midwinter.

Today the daylight duration will be shortest and night will be the longest. It occurs when one of the earth's poles has its maximum tilt away from the sun. 

Winter solstice happens twice yearly, once in each hemisphere. In the Northern Hemisphere this is the December solstice and in the Southern Hemisphere, this is the June solstice.

People around the world have celebrated this astronomical phenomenon for centuries. 

In Ireland, people gather days before the solstice at Newgrange – a massive gravesite that’s more than 5,000 years old. Crowds selected by lottery wait for a chance to see the sunrise light up the ancient passage tomb.

At Stonehenge, crowds of people come together to celebrate and capture the moment when the sun directly aligns with the famous stones. 

In China, locals refer to the Winter Solstice as Dongzhi Festival, a celebration of winter’s arrival. Locals enjoy rice balls called tang yuan, which translates to "family reunion." This treat is said to bring prosperity and unity.
 

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