Sunday, December 21, 2008

Here Comes The Sun

Sunday December 21 is the Winter Solstice. That means it is the day with the shortest daylight hours and has the longest night .I like the though of a day that is so short it used to scare people. They thought the night was so long it would never be daylight again . They would light fires and danced around them sometimes singing and paying instruments long into the night . When the sun did come up the next day they rejoiced the rebirth of the sun , so happy were they .

They usually had the last feast of the year then too . They would kill off any excess livestock so they wouldn't have to worry about feeding them in the winter when food was so scarce . It must have been a hard time , a scary time knowing you were facing the winter starvation , diseases that come with the cold , and no sun on top of it must have been seen as the last straw . It is no wonder they had a party on the longest night of the year to make them feel brave hoping all the while the sun would be reborn and appear the next morning .

1 comment:

Oreste said...

Un bacio. Ciao