What You Need To Know About The Winter Solstice

What You Need To Know About The Winter Solstice

The winter solstice not only marks the official start of winter for 2017, it's also the shortest day - and longest night - of the calendar year.

As Google points out, the winter solstice is technically a single moment "when the sun is directly above the Tropic of Capricorn".

But here are some fascinating facts about the magical time of the winter solstice that you may not know.

The word "solstice" comes from the Latin word "solstitium", which translates to "sun standing still".

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For thousands of years, people have taken part in rituals to mark the occasion. Then there's Albert Camus the French Nobel Prize winning author, journalist & philosopher famous Winter Solstice quote "In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer". The Talmud calls the winter solstice "Tekufat Tevet".

The live streaming will take place 8.30am on Thursday, December 21st. We'll definitely be setting the alarms to get up for this, not the worst way to begin the shortest day of the year. This made it easy for the crossover from honoring pagan forces to worshipping Jesus and Christianity. Yes, temperatures get colder while the days get longer. Persians refer to the occasion as Yaldā Night, and it's a time for families to gather over pomegranates and watermelons that symbolize an active, joyous winter.

In Japan, this is an especially sacred time of the year for famers, as the sun returns to help their crops grow after the long winter. A little history about solstice as witches & warlocks celebrate this date as the birth of the Sun God since from this point forward the days get longer.

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