Today is winter solstice. Winter solstice is the shortest day of the year in the Northern hemisphere. Which means that there won’t be much sunlight in store for us today!
In turn, tomorrow marks the beginning of lengthening days, leading up to the summer solstice (longest day of the year) in June.
This year the dark period has been very unique because this winter has been incredibly warm. In fact, December has been Finland’s warmest in recorded history.
A warm winter means no snow. Snow brightens up the landscape, so we have had to wander around in darkness and be extra careful to wear our reflectors. Thankfully Helsinki has been lighted up with particularly beautiful Christmas lights this year.
Our very own Christmas Market “Tuomaan Markkinat” at the Senate Square has brought joy to young and old since the 4th of December. Today marks the last day the Market is open, so if you haven’t visited yet, today is the day to go for your last minute presents and goodies for your Christmas party.
From this day, we Finns will embrace the lengthening days and start our countdown towards Spring.