Winter Solstice Celebrations Around the World
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Of December’s many holidays, one that sometimes gets missed is the winter solstice, which in 2021 falls on December 21. In the Northern Hemisphere, the solstice is the shortest day of the year, and the longest night. As the Earth is tilted away from the sun, our star tracks its lowest path across the sky, and throughout the night, cultures around the world celebrate the coming of longer days and better weather — by eating hearty foods, lighting fires, and performing ancient rituals. Here are nine fascinating celebrations that mark this astronomical occasion.