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    it's only a few days behind the longest day on 21 December

    I think the underlined mean that the day lasts longer as it's before "winter solstice", the longest night of the year, right?

    17. Christmas is celebrated the world over; but in hot places, the traditional Christmas dinners are substituted with barbecues; in the Caribbean Christmas carols are played on steel drums; and in the southern hemisphere Christmas Day lasts longer, as it's only a few days behind the longest day on 21 December, compared to our shortest day in the northern hemisphere.

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    Re: it's only a few days behind the longest day on 21 December

    "Behind" isn't the right word. It is a few days after the solstice. December 25 is Christmas. The solstice is December 21 or 22. So, in the Southern Hemisphere Christmas is not the longest day of the year, but it is pretty close.

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    Re: it's only a few days behind the longest day on 21 December

    Does it mean "solstice" has the longest day time length of the year in the Southern Hemisphere? Yes, in the Northern Hemisphere, it comes in summer.

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    Re: it's only a few days behind the longest day on 21 December

    There are two solstices. One in June and one in December. In the Northern hemisphere, the one is June is the "Summer" solstice and is the longest day of the year. December is the "Winter" solstice and is the shortest day of the year.

    In the Southern hemisphere, it is the other way around. So the December solstice is the longest day and it is just a few days before Christmas.

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