Light Over Dark

I’m known to define myself as a little ahead and to the left and so it is for all of us Jews this year. We finished the eight candles of Hanukkah ahead and to the left of this Friday’s Solstice. The solstice happens at the same instant everywhere on earth. In Pittsburgh, Winter Solstice is on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 6:12 AM.

Solstice comes from the Latin phrase for “sun stands still” and is the first official day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the shortest day of the year, when the sun’s position in the sky reaches its farthest points north from the celestial equator.

Solstice celebrations have ancient roots in the Roman weeklong feast of Saturnalia, honoring the god Saturn and Yule celebrated in pagan Scandinavia. In both, houses were decorated with boughs of laurel and evergreen trees and lamps remained lit to ward off the spirits of darkness.

If you want to join others here is an updated list of all the local events associated with the solstice and a national group Solstice Lightthat is tying this day into a rebirth of the Mayan calendar.

Winter Solstice offers us another opportunity to shed light on the darkness.



One Thought

  1. Steve Root says:

    “Winter Solstice offers us another opportunity to shed light on the darkness. ”

    Ironic since it is the shortest day (light) of the year.

Your Thoughts...


All content © Copyright 2017 by Bubbe Wisdom.
Subscribe to RSS Feed – Bubbe Wisdom Blog or Container Blog