Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

Winter Solstice

12-21-winter-solsticeIn a city of so many religious convictions, political persuasions, and cultural identities, the winter holidays often leave people wondering if it’s ever appropriate to offer a greeting more precise than the generic “Happy Holidays”. But one thing everyone can agree on is that December 21 is the Winter Solstice, not because of ideology, but because of astronomy. The Winter Solstice is an astronomical phenomenon marking the shortest day and longest night of the year. In New York, we can expect about 9 hours of daylight. Ever since ancient times, the Solstice has been an occasion for celebration and festivity, highlighting notions of reversal and new beginnings. This may be the perfect time to start planning your upcoming New Year’s Resolution. Happy Yule!

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