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The December Solstice marks the official beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and summer in the Southern Hemisphere.

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It occurs around December 21st or 22nd each year in the Northern Hemisphere, making it the shortest day and longest night of the year.

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In the Southern Hemisphere, the December Solstice takes place around December 21st or 22nd, marking the longest day and shortest night of the year.

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The word "solstice" is derived from the Latin words "sol" (sun) and "sistere" (to stand still), reflecting the moment when the sun appears to pause in its seasonal movement.

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During the December Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the North Pole is tilted farthest away from the sun, resulting in the sun's lowest noon altitude of the year.

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Conversely, during the December Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, the South Pole is tilted farthest away from the sun, leading to the sun's highest noon altitude of the year.

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 Many cultures around the world celebrate the December Solstice with various festivals and rituals, often symbolizing the triumph of light over darkness.

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Stonehenge, the ancient prehistoric monument in England, is aligned with the winter solstice sunrise. Thousands of people gather there to witness the sun rising directly above the Heel Stone.

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In some Scandinavian countries, the December Solstice is associated with the festival of Yule, which involves the lighting of bonfires and the exchange of gifts.

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The December Solstice is a pivotal moment in Earth's orbit, representing a transition between the lengthening and shortening of days and influencing various natural phenomena, including animal behaviors and plant growth cycles.

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