Let us celebrate, Winter Solstice Day – A time to reflect, rejoice and revel.
Once the clocks go back in October, our days get less and less sunlight until we reach the winter solstice. The days feel cold and dark but the winter solstice gives us reason to look forward to remaining winter in a more calm, mellow way.
What is the Winter Solstice?
It’s the day of the year that has the least amount of daylight. Scientifically, the earth tilts away from the sun, making the lack of direct sunlight bring notable colder temperatures and less light. While the Northern Hemisphere experiences the shortest day during the winter solstice, the Southern Hemisphere has their longest day of the year. Solstices happen twice a year, in June and December, as an official mark of the change in seasons.
How do we celebrate in UK?
Thousands of solstice enthusiasts gather at Stonehenge to engage in a range of rituals and activities to celebrate the winter solstice. Thousands even gather on Salisbury Plain and more watch online as the sun climbs again after the longest night. What a moment that must be to see the movement of the sun and then see it climbing up again after the longest night!
The day has become a very popular that there is a lot of traffic and car parks get full a few minutes sun rise. It is very significant event that marks the turning of the year, the return of the light and end of the long, dark nights. It evokes the start or perhaps hope for something new.
Considering that we must reduce our carbon footprint, we can mark the winter solstice just from home.
Find more information about the Winter Solstice here
Just thinking about the day gives me solace, energy and comfort. It’s also wonderful to think we’ve turned a corner and are heading towards spring and summer.