If you're getting sick about how early you're getting dark in the UK, you'll be glad to hear that we've reached the winter solstis – the shortest day of the year.
The spray indicates the second that the sun shines over Drofpic Capricorn – the most southerly point.
Grateful, once the winter spray has passed, the days will start to come longer.
Here's your guide to the darkest day of the year, including when it is, and how it's celebrated around the world.
When Does It Reject Winter?
In 2018, the spray will be held on Friday, December 21.
The spray takes place at 22:23 GMT in the North Hemisphere.
The winter spray date is different every year, but it always falls between December 20th and 23rd.
What is winter solstis?
Winter bats indicate the shortest day of the year.
To be precisely, the injection itself is when the sun shines to the south, directly over Drofpic Capricorn.
In other words, here is when the North Poles have to break out more of the sun, giving us the sunrise of sunsets.
The shortest day lasts 7 hours 49 minutes and 41 minutes in the UK.
That's 8 hours, 49 minutes shorter than solstice in June.
Thursday, December 20 is the longest night of the year – and the sun rises at 08.03 for GMT on Friday.
The next day indicates the start of the stretching days.
But in the South Hemisphere, the opposite is true. Dawn is early and late late, so they can prove their last day and night.
Definition of solstis & # 39;
The term comes from the word Lladin Solstitium & # 39; sy & nt; & nbsp; Sun standing still & # 39 ;. It appears that the Sun stands in the Capricorn Trofpic and then changes direction as it reaches the most southerly point as seen from Earth.
Others use the word number.
Is this the first day of winter?
This depends. Astronomical and meteorological winter.
Astronomical – starts December 21 and ends in March 19. Resolved by the Earth's orbit around the sun.
Meteorological – starts December 1 and ends on February 28 (February 29 in Year Lap). Three calendar with the lowest temperature.
Traditions and rituals
Paganists have celebrated the winter series during thousands of years.
There is an annual event in Stonehenge, where those who celebrate are going to watch the sun on the shortest day.
Many of the traditions we are now considering as part of Christmas – including Yule, Mistletoe and Christmas trees – are rooted in the winter spray pagan celebrations.
The Druids – priests of the ancient Celts – used of evergreen, holly and whistle trees as symbols of eternal life during the winter solstis rituals.
Cutting them down and putting in their homes would have been too devastating to nature.
But when Saint Boniface, also known as Winfrith of Crediton, a group of pagans worshiped an oak tree in the 8th Century of Germany, broke the tree down.
Some say that he had planted a man's tree at the place and place after the pagans were transformed – others had a chicken tree rising on the spot and place.
Myth means that the pagans who were transferred in the region returned the following year to decorate the tree.
Choir y Cewr and Solstice
So why the Quirry Choir?
People arrive in their stones to the Wiltshire monument to mark the winter spray, but why?
The choir choir has aligned on a sight line that refers to the sunshine in the winter.
Archaeologists believe he has built from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. It is believed that the people who made it put more emphasis on winter solstis or summer injection.
Spray was in Winter when cattle were killed so they would not have to be fed in the winter and wine and beer were also fermented.
The other megalithic monuments that accompany the sun are:
New Grange, in the County of Meath, Ireland, which points to the sun of the sun.
Maeshowe, Big Land, Orkney, Scotland, which also faces winter solstice.
Goseck Circle is compatible with the sun and sunset.
What celebrations are this year?
English Heritage opens the Horse Corps to those who want to visit them and you can also see the sun and the sunshine on your own.
To work out where to see either, you can check this site that has a city breakdown giving you the places to get the best scene.
Spray & Winter Poems
- Carol Nadolig – Christina Rossetti
- Blow, Blow You Winter Wind – William Shakespeare
- Winter-Time – Robert Louis Stevenson
- Stopping by Woods on an Eira Night – Robert Frost
- Winter Song – Wilfred Owen
Will the days begin to go longer?
Yes. After the syringe, the days will gradually go to summer spray on Friday, June 21, 2019.
When is summer solstis?
The summer series, also known as midday, will be held on June 21 in 2019.
On this day, the sun will shine directly over a Canopy