Posted on Dec 20th, 2007 by Allison (Spiritual / Religion, Whatever)

Solstice Morning at NewgrangeReligious and family customs shape many holiday rituals, but the beauty of Winter Solstice is that it excludes no one and touches everyone.  After all, who is immune to the changing season, the earth growing cold, the days of dwindling light?  

Winter Solstice marks the shortest day of the year – and the promise of the earth’s re-birth in the spring.   Modern day traditions, including mistletoe, yule logs, lighting of candles, exchanging gifts, decorating evergreen boughs and caroling are all rooted in this beautiful, ancient holiday.

In Ireland, many gather at Newgrange, 1000 years older than Stonehenge, who’s unique construction captures and directs the morning sunlight on Winter Solstice down a long corridor.  

In fact, for the first time ever, the 2007 Winter Solstice illumination at Newgrange will be available live on the internet and by free to air satellite broadcast – TONIGHT!

The live stream will begin at 8:30 am on 21st and 22nd December 2007. (That’s tonight and tomorrow night at 12:30am PT, 1:30am MT)

Click here to access the webcast

While you’re waiting for the webcast (or if you missed it), here is a  brief quiz about Winter Solstice

Happy Solstice!

(4) Comments   


Chris on December 21st, 2007 at 11:01 am

Happy Winter Solstice to you also Allison. I got your nice card a couple of days ago, thanks for the lovely words. 🙂

Irene on December 21st, 2007 at 3:17 pm

VELLY INteresting :o) I only scored 40% but I learned quite a bit.
Happy Winter Soltice to You.

Ashley Rae on December 22nd, 2007 at 11:50 am

Happy winter solstice!

Rob on December 29th, 2007 at 8:06 pm

Here is a link to a 2 hour online movie, that is 3 parts. The first part deals with the true origins of Christianity, and how it plagiarized the beliefs and customs of paganism, especially significant are the ties to the Winter Solstice… If you can’t watch all 2 hours, at least the first part dealing with the winter solstice would be worth it..

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