4 things to know about winter solstice
IN THE southern hemisphere, the winter solstice is marked today, June 21, making it the shortest day of the year. Here are a few quick facts about the solstice:
1. Day and night:
WHEN winter solstice occurs in the southern hemisphere it experiences its longest night and shortest day of the year. The opposite is true when the summer solstice occurs, and the southern hemisphere experiences its longest day and night. For days before and after the winter solstice occurs, the sun appears to stand still in the sky at its noon-time elevation. During the winter solstice the sun appears to be at its lowest point in the sky.
2. Ancient practice:
SOLSTICES have been used throughout history to time many important events each year, including the sowing of seeds for crops, mating of animals, harvesting of crops and monitoring the reserves of winter food.
3. Sun worship:
STONEHENGE, in Wiltshire, England, is a popular spot during winter and summer solstice in the northern hemisphere. Newgrange in Ireland is another monument dating back thousands of years that appears to have been built in alignment with the solstice.
4. Lantern parade:
LISMORE’S annual lantern parade is timed to coincide with the winter solstice. A great night out for the family, the parade is on again this Saturday night. Fireworks, bonfire, bands to dance to in the glow of the fire, food stalls and entertainment are on at Oakes Oval. Gates open at 4pm for 6.30-8.30pm show.