Happy Winter Solstice

Today is the winter Solstice  which marks the shortest day and longest night of the year. The sun will appear at it lowest point in the sky and the days will become longer and the nights shorter. imagesNYBJCFSL

So today 21st December 2013 the Solstice will happen at 6.11pm CET ( Central Europe Time) here in Italy as we are in the Northern hemisphere of the planet. Anyone living in the Southern hemisphere will be celebrating their Summer Solstice instead. (so its the other way round for our summer solstice ).

The Solstice isn’t always on the same day though which has something to do with our calendar system.

I would love to welcome in the Winter Solstice at Stonehenge in the UK one year at dawn as the stones are perfectly aligned for this event. It would be amazing to see with all the other people, Druids, hippies etc!

In Italy some provinces celebrate the winter solstice with a huge bonfire of dried branches and gather to watch it burn.

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In ancient Roman times the festival of Saturnalia was held to celebrate the God Saturn which was a week of feasting and coincided with the Winter Solstice. It was a festival of light leading up to the solstice and the candles represent a request from the people for knowledge and truth.

I am happy the winter Solstice is finally here and the days will be longer and have more light as we will soon be welcoming in another Newyear! So happy winter solstice to you all and enjoy the day even if it is a short one 🙂

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Gil
    Dec 21, 2013 @ 23:25:56

    I admire you for generating these interesting and informative posts along with caring for ‘peanut’! Never really had a great desire to visit England, except for visiting cousins. Your description of “Winter Solstice at Stonehenge” makes it sound more interesting!!!!

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  2. ciro1
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 09:05:25

    Awww thank you 🙂 England has a lot of interesting stuff to see apart from tourist places like the London dungeons (which is still fun), the New Forrest has wild ponies living there for example 🙂 I wish I had explored there more before moving to Italy!

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