What is winter Solstice?

Created on June 22, 2013
What is winter Solstice?

The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year. In the southern hemisphere – where the New Zealand is – the winter solstice falls on June 21 this year.

But the exact time changes each year, and every leap year it comes on June 20.

The Solstice is celebrated by thousands of people across the world.

In the UK many gather at Stonehenge which is believed to have been used as an important religious site by early Britons 4,000 years ago.

What makes the solstice the shortest day of the year?

We get the least hours of daylight on this day because of the position of the Earth in relation to the Sun. Our planet does not spin on a vertical axis – it is titled. This means the amount of sunlight that reaches different regions of the Earth changes during the year as it orbits the Sun.

Why is UK’s winter solstice in December?

While June 21 is the winter solstice in New Zealand , for UK and Europe and countries in the northern hemisphere this date marks the summersolstice – they have their winter solstice in the middle of our summer.

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About Editor

Hi my name is Shem and I am the founder and Editor of Kiwi Kids News. Myrole is to make sure the website is ticking over nicely. During the day I work as a teacher at Aquinas College in Tauranga. By night I am a triathlon wannabe whose goal is to one day complete an Ironman triathlon. I also enjoy playing backyard cricket with my two boys and listening to my little girl sing Frozen.


  1. tobi

    July 11, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    that is amazing and bautiful

  2. Joannah

    July 10, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    this is amazing

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