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Winter Solstice Thursday, December 22,2011

This year the winter solstice occurs on Thursday, December 22 and will mark the shortest day and longest night in the northern hemisphere.
The Earth's axis is tilted, and twice a year, will reach its maximum angle of inclination 23.5 °. On the day of the winter solstice, the North Pole flows to its farthest point from the Sun and it will be the southernmost arc above the horizon.
Otherwise, the summer solstice occurs when the tilt toward the Sun, which is the longest day and shortest night of the year.
The annual celestial event is celebrated in many cultures around the world.
It is believed that Stonehenge in England was built to celebrate the winter solstice, which gave farmers lift on the back of the growing season. In Japan and Ireland, there are street processions held on this day. Rituals are candles that symbolize the return of the sun to ensure that people are able to survive.

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