Brace yourself Pakistanis as the countdown towards the shortest day of the year has begun!
December 22, is classified as world’s shortest day of the year. It is recognized as the 356th day of the year. In Pakistan, this year sun will rise at 7: 09 am (PST) and sun set at 5:04 pm (PST), therefore the length of the day will be almost 10 hours. This day has least day light and longest night.
What is December Solstice?
According to the Gregorian calendar, December solstice occurs each year between 20th to 22nd December. In the Northern Hemisphere, the December solstice is regarded as the winter solstice. In the Southern hemisphere there is summer solstice.
Winter solstice is that time of the year when the Earth’s hemisphere is tilted away from the Sun. It is at its maximum and the Sun’s maximum elevation in the sky is at its lowest.
Winter solstice happens twice a year, once in December and one in June.
World’s shortest day occurs every year between 20 December and 23 December.
Does the winter solstice always occur on December 21st?
In some parts of the world, winter solstice occurs on December 21st; however, the exact time of the solstice varies every year.
Winter solstice is considered to be the shortest day of the year in Northern Hemisphere. It is because it is tilted away from the sun, and receives least amount of sunlight on that particular day.
Earlier sunset does not occur on the solstice, this is due to the discrepancy between solar time and the clock we use.
The shortest day of the year often falls on December 21st, but the modern calendar of 365 days a year – with an extra day every four years – does not correspond exactly to the solar year of 365.2422 days.
The winter solstice can happen on December 20, 21, 22 or 23. However, December 20 or 23 solstices are quiet rare.
The last December 23 solstice was in 1903 and will not happen again until 2303.
Five Times Prayer Schedule on 22nd December 2018
Muslims are present in every corner of the world. Saying five times prayers is obligatory on every Muslim. On the shortest day of the year the Pakistan prayer timing schedule will be as follows:
|Karachi||5:51 am||12:30 pm||4:12 pm||5:48 pm||7:10 pm|
|Lahore||5:31 am||12:01 pm||3:27 pm||5:04 pm||6:31 pm|
|Islamabad||5:39 am||12:06 pm||3:26 pm||5:04 pm||6:33 pm|
|Rawalpindi||5:39 am||12:06 pm||3:26 pm||5:04 pm||6:33 pm|
|Peshawar||5:46 am||12:12 pm||3:31 pm||5:09 pm||6:38 pm|
|Quetta||5:59 am||12: 30 pm||3:59 pm||5:36 pm||7:02 pm|
|Multan||5:41 am||12:13 pm||3:42 pm||5:19 pm||6:44 pm|
|Faisalabad||5:36 am||12:06 pm||3:32 pm||5:09 pm||6:36 pm|
|Sialkot||5:32 am||12:00 am||3:23 pm||5:01 pm||6:29 pm|
|Hyderabad||5:46 am||12:25 pm||4:06 pm||5:42 pm||7:04 pm|
|Sukkur||5:48 am||12:23 pm||3:58 pm||5:35 pm||6:58 pm|
|Gujranwala||5:33 am||12:02 pm||3:26 pm||5:03 pm||6:31 pm|
The residents of these cities of Pakistan can follow this time table for saying their prayers on world’s shortest day.
Islamuna is Pakistan’s leading mobile app that gives you access to prayer timings of every city. It also gives you access to Ramadan timings, online audio Quran, Naats and much more. You can download Islamuna on:
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