Happy Winter Solstice – December 21, 2015
The Shortest Day of the Year and the Longest Night. In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice will occur on December 21, 2015 at 8:49pm PST, when the sun shines directly over the tropic of Capricorn. The sun appears at its lowest point in the sky, and its noontime elevation appears to be the same for several days before and after the solstice. Hence the origin of the word solstice, which comes from Latin solstitium, from sol, “sun” and -stitium, “a stoppage.” Following the winter solstice, the days begin to grow longer and the nights shorter. Its also the beginning of winter.
Many holiday celebrations and traditions abound this time of year. The Staff at The Cove Palisades State Park wish you and yours Happy Holidays!