Depending on where you live in the world, today is the Winter Solstice. Many people celebrate the winter solstice because it has deep cultural and historical significance. It represents a turning point in the annual cycle of the Earth's seasons and is often associated with themes of hope, renewal, and the triumph of light over darkness. I'm about done with all the darkness beginning around 4:30 pm, where I am located in the world. I crave the light once again.
So, what exactly is the solstice?
The winter solstice is an astronomical event that occurs annually when the Earth's axial tilt is farthest away from the sun, resulting in the shortest day and the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, it marks the summer solstice, with the longest day and shortest night. We will flip back again in June!
What I like/love most about today is the Celebration of Light! Again, the triumph of light over darkness (though I sleep pretty well when the nights are super dark - there is my silver lining).
There are several traditions involving lights, fires, and candles to symbolize the return of longer days. We light up our Christmas trees and other lighted decorations. We build and burn fires to set off light—warmth needed in a cold house or in our backyards as we gather for something special during these cold months.
Lastly, some ancient and modern cultures celebrate the winter solstice with festivals and rituals. For example, the ancient Romans celebrated Saturnalia, a festival honoring the god Saturn, and many modern Pagans celebrate Yule.
I hope every one of my readers is ready to celebrate a Cool Yule and more! By tomorrow, if you look closely and tune into the light, there will be a noticeable change. By next week, it will be more apparent, I promise! Maybe it will be enough to make and anticipate spring and summer plans.
bSoleille! (Bring the sunshine and light),