Winter Solstice is an interesting day – you may notice that the sun rises late and sets early and that the day is very short while the night is very long. In fact, this is the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest day in the Southern Hemisphere. Many traditions exist to celebrate this special time of the year. Some ancient peoples considered it to be the new year. Many customs are almost extinct, which is just another reason why they are so much fun. You can also start your own tradition.