Friday, June 20, 2008
Welcome Winter Solstice
This is a bit of a repeat on my post from last year but I like to follow the seasons and celebrate them...
The Winter Solstice (Midwinter) is the shortest day and the longest night of the year, marking the astronomical beginning of Winter. There are so many interpretations of why people celebrate The Winter Solstice but the main reason is to celebrate rebirth.
In Pagan religions, this is the night the Great Mother Goddess gives birth to the baby Sun God. From this day, the hours of sunlight begin to lengthen and the power and strength of the sun grows.
Southern Hemisphere: 21-22 June
Northern Hemisphere: 21-22 December
Also known as: Yuletide, Yulefest, Jul, Juletid, Julfest, Jül, Jól, Joul, Joulu, Jõulud, Joelfeest, Géol, Feailley Geul, Christmas, Christmas in July, Midwinter, The Winter Solstice.
The Winter Magic Festival is on again this year in the Blue Mountains but because of weekend classes, I can't make the trip up but I will be making some mulled wine to keep me toasty warm!
Happy Winter Solstice!