Discussion in 'Religion and Ethics' started by strollingbones, Dec 21, 2008.
peace to all
Happy Winter Solstice to you too.
I love Solstice. It always comes as such a relief. Here is the darkness day of the year, which means we are returning to the light.
October 31st to this date is always challenging for me personally.
"A handful of people, picked from a lottery of 34,000 names, celebrated the winter solstice at the Irish ancient burial site of Newgrange on Sunday.
On 21 December - the shortest day of the year - the sun shines deep into the tomb in County Meath, flooding the neolithic chamber with light.
" In the days before Christianity, festivals were held around the winter solstice to welcome back the longer, lighter days and pay tribute to the Sun.
The Newgrange tomb is one of Ireland's top tourist attractions.
It dates to about 3200 BC - 1,000 years before Britain's Stonehenge was built and 500 years before Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza.
People travelled from the United States, Canada, Italy, Switzerland, Australia, Poland and Britain for the experience.
The prehistoric tomb was carefully aligned by its Neolithic builders so the sun only cuts through the gloom of the chamber at sunrise through a small window above the entrance.
When skies are clear, the rising sun slowly shines all the way down the 19-metre long chamber into the centre of the tomb, lighting it for up to 17 minutes before the rays disappear and darkness returns.
The sun lights up where the cremated ashes of the dead were laid on large stone basins deep inside the tomb.
Newgrange is believed to be the world's oldest continuously roofed building."
Thank you Strolling, and to all I wish the same.
merci! To you as well!
That's a lottery I would have loved to be in on. Up to now, I've only seen that on TV.
The Winter Solstice brought 25 below wind chill here!
May you stay warm snuggled up to someone you love!
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygmdn5suxSc&feature=related]YouTube - Theresa Thomason at Paul Winter's Winter Solstice Celebration[/ame]
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXvVMoJv_vE&feature=related]YouTube - 2007 Winter Solstice Sadhana Celebration[/ame]
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8C4mfpIM7qM]YouTube - Lisa Thiel - Winter Solstice Song (Yule)[/ame]
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