First day of winter

The first day of winter marks the Winter Solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

It is an astronomical event that occurs annually when the tilt of the Earth's axis is farthest away from the sun, resulting in less daylight and more darkness.

Many cultures around the world celebrate the Winter Solstice with festivals, rituals, and traditions that often involve the themes of light, warmth, and renewal.

While astronomers mark the first day of winter based on the solstice, meteorologists often consider December 1st as the beginning of winter for ease of record-keeping and forecasting.

Winter brings colder temperatures, snowfall, and distinct weather patterns, transforming landscapes and influencing activities ranging from sports to agriculture.

For enthusiasts, the first day of winter signals the start of the winter sports season, including activities such as skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, and more.

The first day of winter often coincides with the start of the holiday season, with many people gearing up for festivities, family gatherings, and celebrations.

Winter prompts the migration of certain bird species and the hibernation of others as wildlife adapts to the changing environmental conditions.