is one of the four seasons
of temperate zones. Astronomically, it begins with the winter solstice
(around 21 December in the Northern hemisphere
, and 21 June
in the Southern hemisphere
), and ends with the spring equinox
(around 21 March
in the Northern hemisphere
and 21 September in the Southern hemisphere). However, sometimes it is counted instead as the whole months of June
in the Southern hemisphere and December
in the Northern hemisphere.
See List of winter festivals.
Wintering is a term used to refer to seasonal climate-related migrations, such as those of migratory birds or Monarch butterflies. By extension, it is also refers to seasonal agricultural practices, such as transferring beehives to warmer locations.
Winter is also a book by Morley Callaghan, first published in 1974 with photographs by John de Visser of the New York Graphic Society.