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The coldest time of the year occurs around winter. Winter is the season that comes after Autumn and before Spring. In the northern hemisphere, the winter solstice is usually December 21st or December 22nd, and June 21st or June 22nd in the southern hemisphere. During Winter, the world experiences shorter days and longer nights. During this time, animals hibernate and trees in temperate climates shed their leaves.

Winter is notorious for bringing a variety of adverse weather extremes; you may at different times experience heavy snow storms, ice accumulation, wind chills and freezing temperatures.


Below are some of the holidays and notable dates that occur during the winter season;

  • Hanukkah - December 10-18.
  • Hanukkah which means 'dedication' in Hebrew is a Jewish Holiday founded on the story of the menorah in the Second Temple of Jerusalem that was aflame for eight days despite only having oil supply enough for one day. This holiday was established by the Jews in honor of this miraculous event.

  • Las Posadas - December 16-24.
  • The Las Posadas is a holiday set to honor the journey of Mary and Joseph through Nazareth to Bethlehem as they sought out a place to lodge in preparation for the delivery of Christ. Las Posadas is celebrated throughout Mexico and Central America.

  • Winter Solstice/Yule/ Christmastide - December 21
  • This is one of the oldest winter holidays recorded in history. It is a Pagan celebration of Yule, the darkest day of the year, it's done to honor the rebirth of the sun and has long been revered as a powerful time for introspection and renewal of energy.

  • Soyal - December 22.
  • Zuni and Hopi Native American tribes in the southern U.S. honor the Winter Solstice on Tuesday, December 22 with a ceremony to lure back the sun god, who is believed to have traveled away from the tribes during the winter.

  • Christmas - December 25.
  • Christmas is a Christian religious celebration that celebrates the birth of Christ, the promised messiah of the Jews and Gentiles. December 25th is Christmas Day while the night leading to Christmas is Christmas Eve.

  • Kwanzaa - December 26-January 1.
  • Created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor and chairman of Black Studies at CSU, Long Beach, Kwanzaa – which stems from a Swahili phrase meaning “first fruits" – honors African-American culture.

  • New Year
  • The New Year is celebrating from December 31 to January 1

Weather Features

Winter is famous for the chill it brings. While some areas may experience ice or snow, there is a significant coolness in the air all through this season, regardless of your location.

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