Winter solstice is celebrated around the world on December 21. On this day, day and night are of equal duration, making it a unique phenomenon. People from all over the world make wishes and harness the incredible energy that the sun sends. The transition from darkness to light is symbolic and is interpreted differently by different people.
In ancient times, people believed that on this day the line between people and souls was broken, allowing evil spirits to interfere in the lives of people. But with the negative influence came beneficial energy that could be used to make dreams come true. People created rituals to filter and take this energy correctly. Even if you’re agnostic, you can celebrate Winter solstice with anticipation of the upcoming spring.
You may not know that on Winter solstice:
- The longest shadows appear due to the sun’s position at the lowest point in the sky.
- Popular Christmas traditions were born, such as decorated spruce and holiday wreaths.
- Iranians celebrate the night of Yalda.
- People gather near Stonehenge for fun events to be the first to meet astronomical spring.
- Pagans perform predictions of fates using maps, paper, and water.
- There is a special sign that if the weather is good on the solstice, it will be good on New Year’s Eve as well.
- Ancestors made amulets and talismans that could be purchased in the morning to be used for the whole year.
How to take part
To take part in the Winter solstice celebration, you can learn more about the natural phenomenon. Watch science films and teach your children about this special day of the year. Study the rituals and involve your friends to maximize the well-being you can conjure.
When is Winter Solstice celebrated in 2023?
Winter Solstice is observed on December 21 each year.