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First Day of Winter 2023

When is the first day of winter 2023?

In the year 2023, first day of winter begins on Thu, Dec 21, 2023 and ends on Tue, Mar 19, 2024.

The first day of winter is best known as winter solstice ushering in the month of cold breeze and ample winter holidays. But, something goes around in the universe which makes it colder outside i.e. none other than the tilting of the earth.

It is discovered the tilting of the earth on its axis is approx 23.5 degrees and every year the solstice appears a bit louder with the amount of solar declination or the sun gets direct overhead at the time of noon at the latitude of the earth.

When the days get shorter, winter solstice appears to approach quicker. Here is a glance at the first day of winter 2023 and even renders you a glimpse of how the solstice works.

When is the first day of winter in 2023?

In the northern hemisphere, the winter solstice falls in December and begins on 21 or 22. But, in the southern hemisphere, it starts in June. The days of winter solstice have days with fewer hours of sunlight proving to be the shortest day of the year.

What exactly takes place in winter solstice?

“When is winter solstice?” is another important question that needs to be answered. The tilting is quite far from the sun which displays that the sun’s path gets lower than ever. Just remember about the regular of the sun i.e. it rises in the east and set in the west creating an arch over the sky.

In the summer season, the sun arcs higher but in winter it arcs lower to the horizon. To observe the effect of the solstice on a day, you need to stand outside during noon gazing at the shadow.

You will discover, it’s the longest shadow that gets cast in a year. But if you execute this same process on a summer day, then you will find that almost no shadow occurs.

What happens to the sun’s path?

On the day of solstices, the sun’s path reaches the southward point of the sky. But the people dwelling in the northern hemisphere find that the sun’s path is low as it can be even the peak time of noon. But in the southern hemisphere, it is almost the opposite means the sun’s path gets higher in the sky directly overhead at noon time in the tropics of Capricorn.  

The word solstice is derived from a Latin word i.e. “sol” means sun and “sistere” means standing still. This allows the sun’s path to advance northward that focusing on the northerly point of the summer solstice.

Have you ever gazed at the sun’s position continuously before or after the solstice then you will find that sun’s path crossing by in the sky appear to freeze. This is because the change in the elevation in the sun’s path during noontime is so low that it appears the same throughout the day.

The day after the winter solstice makes the sun movement advancing toward the north direction again that eventually leads to the northerly point of summer solstice. While summer moves toward winter, then the horizon point of sunrise and sunset shift toward a southward direction with time. It appears as a never-ending cycle!

Important events to remember:  

Important events that take place in winter solstice months are discussed below. Let’s look into it:

  • Christmas Day – This is a traditional Christian festive which is celebrated at the birth of Jesus Christ. But with the advent of the 20th century, it started to be considered a secular family holiday. The name of this festival is derived from the mass of Christ. Therefore on this day, a mass service is where Christians remember the death trap of the Lord Jesus Christ. 
  • Thanksgiving Day – This is the auspicious day that is held to thank your close & loved ones as well as all the things that are present in your life like every bit of your food, and healthy lifestyle. Some of the families introduced religion by thanking everything in terms of prayer. Currently, thanksgiving day is announced as the federal holiday which is celebrated all across the world with great joy and curiosity.
  • Valentine’s Day- This is the day celebrated in honor of saint valentine on 14th February every year. This day is celebrated with a great gesture of love and is celebrated for 7 days signifying every day like rose day, propose day, chocolate day, teddy day, promise day, hug day, and kiss day, and finally comes Valentine’s Day.
  • Labor Day- This is the day on which an annual holiday is celebrated to honor the achievements of workers. On this auspicious day, the labor union movement began and specified that working hours as 8 hours per day of work, 8 hours for recreation, and 8 hours for rest.  
  • Memorial Day – It is a federal holiday celebrated widely in the US as the cause of mourning in honor of US military personnel who sacrificed their life for the welfare of the country serving the armed force. For the time from 1868 to 1970, this day was recognized to be held on 30th May. But from 1971, this holiday started to be observed on the last Monday of May month.