The Philippine Star
Longest night of the year on Dec. 21
The Philippines and other countries in the northern hemisphere will experience the longest night of the year during the winter solstice on Dec. 21.
The winter solstice takes place when the Earth reaches its maximum tilt on its axis away from the sun.
“The astronomical event signals the onset of winter in the northern hemisphere and summer in the southern hemisphere,” the Philippine Atmospheric,
Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.
“Philippine nights will be longer than daytime. Earth has now completed another annual circuit around the sun,” it said.
Many cultures still celebrate the longest night of the year.
In Japan, people light bonfires to encourage the sun’s return, according to the website of television network, History.
The Chinese celebration of the winter solstice is called Dong Zhi, which means “winter arrives,” it said.
In Poland, people celebrate the astronomical event by showing forgiveness and sharing food – a tradition that can still be seen in what is known as Gody, the website timeanddate.com said.