Midwinter, the June Solstice, is probably the most universally celebrated holiday in Antarctica. No matter what station you’re on, or what calendar you use, Midwinter marks the point where the sun is furthest away. For us at Pole, Midwinter is the midnight of our one-day-year.
Most Antarctic stations, at least the ones that are populated over the winter, exchange Midwinter greetings. We’ve put up a map of the continent in the galley with the messages we’ve received. Most of the greetings have photos, it’s fun to get a glimpse of other stations around the continent – some of the more Northern stations even have living things outside!
Here’s the greeting we sent out, with the group photo taken inside since the weather was pretty bad on the day we took it.