The Years Shortest Day

Today is officially the shortest day of the year and December 21 marks the astronomical event which sees the Earth tilting farthest from the sun, and occurs at precisely 12:47 EST.

December 21, or Winter Solstice marks the official first day of winter and also see’s the astrological sign of Capricorn come into the zone.

According to history, the Latin phrase “solstice” means the “sun stands still,” and has an accident history of celebrations and ceremonies dedicated to the shortest day where Yule festivals were held. You can find out more about Winter Solstice.

Celebrations still continue to this day, where Fairbanks, Alaska are hosting an event called “Solstice Fest,” a festival which involves live entertainment, fireworks and a light show.