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Google marks Winter Solstice with a doodle on its home page
December 21, is the shortest day of the called Winter Solstice, which takes place when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn. The day is also known as the mid-winter day which has the longest night of the year. The change of season on the earth happen due to the the tilt of the earth at 23.5° and its revolution around the sun.

The internet search engine giant has marked the Winter Solstice  with a doodle with frosty and snowy look  since the Earth's North Pole turns away from the Sun, giving least sunlight on the Southern Hemisphere of the earth.

Wishing the viewer of the Google home page, 'Happy Winter Solstice, Northern Hemisphere!', Google on it blog writes, "Today we celebrate the first day of winter and the longest night of the year for the Northern Hemisphere, also known as the Winter Solstice. As our earth circles the sun, the North Pole angles farthest away from the sun today on December 21."

Mentioning abour celebrations in Stonehenge, Ireland and China on this day Google informs, "In Ireland, people gather days before the solstice at Newgrange – a massive gravesite that's more than 5,000 years old. Crowds selected by lottery wait for a chance to see the sunrise light up the ancient passage tomb. At Stonehenge, crowds of people come together to celebrate and capture the moment when the sun directly aligns with the famous stones. In China, locals refer to the Winter Solstice as Dongzhi Festival, a celebration of winter's arrival."

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