Originally published December 21, 2009
Midwinter festivals and celebrations occurring on the longest night of the year, often calling for evergreens, bright illumination, large ongoing fires, feasting, communion with close ones, and evening physical exertion by dancing and singing are examples of cultural winter therapies that have evolved as traditions since the beginnings of civilization.
In Greek mythology, the gods and goddesses met on the winter and summer solstice. Even in modern cultures these gatherings are still valued for emotional comfort, having something to look forward to at the darkest time of the year.
Before the scientific revolution many forms of observances; astronomical, symbolic or ritualistic, had evolved according to the beliefs of various cultures. Many of which are still practiced today. For other Winter observances see List of winter festivals at wikipedia.
Journey with me in 100% pure love and light as we observe this moment in time.