December 21st, 2010
Traditionally the term hump day is applied to Wednesday as the middle of the week … hence once over the hump its all downhill to the weekend. I’m not a big fan of the concept because it kinda feels like you are wishing your life away if the only thing to look forward to is the weekend.
So … the REAL hump day is today The Winter Solstice, because after today the days get longer again!
The solstice occurs two times a year, winter and summer, when the Sun is at its greatest distance from the equator. The winter solstice occurs between December 20 and 23rd, in 2010 it is on Dec 21st, when the sun shines directly over the Tropic of Capricorn.
The seasonal significance of the winter solstice is the gradually lengthening nights and shortening days. The winter solstice marks the first day of winter and marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. The sun appears at its lowest point in the sky. Between the equator and the Arctic Circle, the sun rises and sets farthest south on the horizon for the year and the period of daylight it at its shortest.
The events surrounding the winter solstice vary across cultures. However, most cultures hold gatherings, festivals, holidays, rituals or other celebrations around that time.
The word solstice comes from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still).
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