Well, not today, if you're reading this on December 21. This will be the Northern Hemisphere's longest night of the year, Winter Solstice. From then on the days get longer.
The solstice has loads of names -- Midwinter, Yule, the Longest Night.
But for those of us who need our sunlight, even a minute more a day is welcome!
How might we celebrate this day? Well, traditionally, by feasting!
With its ties to the planet Saturn, the Romans called it Saturnalia, a time for gifts and banquets. In Scandinavia the Feast of Juul was held during this period and the tradition of the Yule log was part of the celebration. Iran, the festival of Yalda occurs durng the solstice where people spend the evening dining and enjoying poetry and sharing mythological stories.
In essence, the the solstice marks a time of spiritual rebirth.
The history of recognizing the solstice is almost as old as time. It marked the last feast celebration before winter set in. Astronomical events such as this often guided activities like animal mating and many traditions were derived from the event. Sites associated with Stonehenge offer early morning tours to mark the solstice and for guests to watch the early morning sunrise over the ancient stones.
If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, you are enjoying the longest day of the year on your summer solstice. And I might add, I'm a tad envious of all that sun!
Either way, we can all use a celebration and a bit of spiritual rebirth, especially as many of us have been dealing with long lines, lots of traffic and funky weather! So a toast to the solstice and the sun!
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