When is the solstice?
In astronomy, the solstice is either of the two times a year when the Sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator, the great circle on the celestial sphere that is on the same plane as the earth’s equator.
…Or, in laymen terms, the winter solstice is the one day each year, where the hours of daylight are at their fewest, but they start to increase. And the summer solstice is the one day each year, where the hours of daylight are at their highest, but they start to decrease.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice occurs either December 21 or 22, when the sun shines directly over the tropic of Capricorn; the summer solstice occurs either June 21 or 22, when the sun shines directly over the tropic of Cancer.
In the Southern Hemisphere, the winter and summer solstices are reversed.
The significance in the solstice, exists in it’s cyclical nature, and how it represents entering a new phase. Both the summer and winter solstice have a long history, as being times of celebration, which is a practice spanning over many cultures and time eras.
If you wish to find out the upcoming solstice date:
The easiest way to locate the date of any solstice, is to simply search for “winter solstice” or “summer solstice” at your favorite search engine, for whatever year you are interested in.
“Summer solstice 2014”, for example.
Alternatively, you can also use a website like TimeAndDate.com.