Google on Sunday released a snowman Doodle to celebrate the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. The word "solstice" originated from the Latin 'solstitium', meaning "sun stands still", when the "movement of sun's path" stops briefly. It happens twice a year, once in each hemisphere.
In the Northern Hemisphere, it is the December solstice and in the Southern Hemisphere, mid-winter occurs during the June solstice.
People across the globe took to various social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook to wish and celebrate the winter solstice.
Happy December Solstice to all life forms on Earth.— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) December 21, 2019
The Northern Hemisphere's longest night. The Southern Hemisphere's longest day.
And for the equator, caught between, a day like any other.
Wishing my Twitter friends a happy and peaceful Winter Solstice this weekend! The nights will get lighter and only two or three months till flowers make an appearance in the gardens. Hurrah! ❄️⛄️❄️🕊— Carlyanne McConnell (@CarlyanneMcCon1) December 21, 2019
Art by Renae Taylor #WinterSolstice pic.twitter.com/2Lh4ZNTHGV