Dec 19, 2011

Happy Solstice!

In 2 days we'll have the shortest day and the longest night of the year.

"Literally meaning “sun standing still”, solstice occurs when the sun reaches its highest or lowest point in the sky at noon. At the winter solstice, December 22, the sun is directly overhead at noon along the Tropic of Capricorn and the day is shortest in the northern hemisphere. This has traditionally been a time of celebrations involving light, greenery, fire, and the return of the sun. Such midwinter festivities have left their mark on the ways Christmas has been observed."

– from The World Encyclopedia of Christmas by Gerry Bowler

Happy Solstice everyone! Take a moment to light a candle and spare a thought for the wind and the wolves, the trees and the fishes, the soil and the water. And of course, welcome back the sun!

1 comment:

  1. Happy Winter Solstice as we celebrate Summer Solstice down here ;-) It's nice to be at the high of the year, and working our way down to resting again. Have a nice day my friend :) XX Sarah