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Holiday special (by Atencia )

The end of December is probably the biggest season of celebrations across the world as people from all over have something to celebrate around this time, whether it is for religious reasons or to celebrate the end of something that has been and looking forward to what comes next. In this article we will take a brief look at some of the traditions and festivities associated with this time of year.

Have a lovely holiday everyone!

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A solstice occurs when the Earth is on its maximal tilt, which happens twice a year, in March and December. The December solstice is what we call winter solstice in the northern hemisphere, and the opposite, summer solstice, in the southern hemisphere, and this usually falls between the 21st and 22nd of December each year. In 2019, the December solstice happened at exactly 4:19 AM UTC on 22 December, and in this moment, the North Pole was the furthest away from the sun it will be until next winter solstice.

Winter solstice in the northern hemisphere goes under many names, with some of the most known being Midwinter, The Longest Night, Yule and Jól. Solstices have been celebrated, feared and been a mystery for people of all cultures as long as humans have walked the Earth, from ancient times all up until today. The Vikings celebrated this day as Jól (or Yule in English), which has many similarities to what is now celebrated in Scandinavia as the holiday Jul, or Christmas. Some historians argue that the Christians adopted many of the traditions from the norse to make the transition over to Christianity simpler for people. For example, to decorate an evergreen tree was something the Vikings did, because these trees were a symbol of life in the forests while all the other trees looked dead during the dark winter months. Therefore they decorated the trees with small carvings and presents for the spirits of the trees and plants in hopes that they would wake up and let spring begin.

The ancient Romans also had their way of celebrating the return of the sun, though not as obvious. With piecing together different historical sources, historians have found that the ancient Romans had a festival in the days leading up to winter solstice, the festival of Saturnalia. This festival was made in honor of the god Saturn, and was originally celebrated on the 17th of December, but later expanded to last up until the 23rd. In some sources, Saturnalia is described as a “festival of light” leading to the darkest day, winter solstice. Later on in the Roman Empire, 23 December was celebrated as “Birthday of the Unconquerable Sun”, which marked the sun’s return. Though there are uncertainties if any of this actually did happen, and whether the holiday was actually celebrated because of winter solstice.

Today, winter solstice is celebrated by Wiccans and people with other pagan beliefs as Yule, which marks the return of the light and that the days in the northern hemisphere will gradually become longer. For some, yule is also the sabbat that begins the wiccan year, and it’s a time of rebirth, as they celebrate the rebirth of the Sun King. This is a time where many people quietly gather together with their loved ones indoors, though some go out to light bonfires.

Whether any of the holidays celebrated around winter solstice are linked or not, it is safe to say that the yearly occurrence of the sun’s turn, or return, does something to people, whether you look at it from a scientific or religious perspective.



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You guys are spoiling us layouters and writers with your compliments hihi 
It means a lot to us, thank you and happy holidays again 

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Happy holidays!! 
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Happy holidays guys ❤️
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Interesting read! And the layout is soo pretty, love the little winter window 
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Joyous Kwanzaa
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I love this ! It’s insightful and very interesting to read about the different holidays. Glad you included different ones  
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Happy holidays guys! 



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