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Bolivia celebrates Winter Solstice in southern hemisphere

Gaston Brito / Reuters

Aymara people attend the sunrise of the winter solstice ceremony in La Apacheta, El Alto in the outskirts of La Paz, Bolivia on June 21. The solstice also coincides with the Aymara Indian New Year.

David Mercado / Reuters

Bolivia's President Evo Morales (center) celebrates the sunrise during a winter solstice ceremony in Tiwanaku , about 45 miles from the capital, La Paz, on June 21.

With June 21 marking the Summer Solstice for us here in the US, I saw these photos come through and realized that we're not all on the same schedule -- it's the start of winter for Bolivia.

Interesting facts from Wikipedia:

  • Climates in the Southern Hemisphere overall tend to be slightly milder than those in the Northern Hemisphere
  • The Southern Hemisphere is significantly less polluted than the Northern Hemisphere (due to a total of 10 to 12% of the population)
  • Sun-cast shadows turn anticlockwise through the day and sundials have the hours increasing in the anticlockwise direction
  • Hurricanes and tropical storms spin clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere (as opposed to anticlockwise in the Northern Hemisphere)