|Winter Sun at Fort Hill (Ganondagan)|
The winter solstice is the longest night of the year and it is also the day that marks the return of the sun - a time when our daylight hours will again begin to grow. At first the lengthening of our daylight is imperceptible. But with time it grows and in only 3 short months it is the spring equinox and the earth has begun to warm enough that the first signs of the approaching spring may be seen.
And so I suppose it is only right that this very special time of the year has traditionally been filled with sacred observances and as well as festivals of light in many cultures across the globe and throughout the centuries. I've included a few links to various observances, solstice information, and stories of the sun coming to the world below.
In looking for information to share, I came across a quote from Dante's Paradiso, "la luce divina e penetrante per l’universo secondo ch’e degno.” Translated it means, “the divine light penetrates the universe according to its dignity.” Divine light penetrating the universe - I can think of no better way to describe the return of the sun.
For more please see,
- Native Story (Haida) - How Raven Brought Light to the World
- Native Story (Zuni) - Coyote Steals the Sun and Moon
- Native Story (Cherokee) - Stealing the Sun
- 5000 year celestial calendar marks the winter solstice Newgrange, Ireland
- Sun Lore of the Ages - Solar Festivals
- Hawaiian Story - How Maui Snared the Sun
- Winter Holidays Celebrating the Solstice
- Information about the solstice as well as a couple dozen worldwide solstice celebrations