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Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice

The shortest day and longest night dawns... the Druids called their celebration Alban Arthuan

The Winter Solstice is the time of year when we in the Northern hemisphere experience our shortest day, and when the sun is lowest in the sky at noon. The earth's natural tilt brings our side of the world leaning the furthest away from the sun - which is at its most southerly point.

Our ancestors celebrated the Winter Solstice as a homage to the gods, and to ensure the expulsion of the evil winter demons.
They saw the sun strengthening and the return of the warmer season, and the concept of rebirth became associated with the Winter Solstice.

burial chamber on winter solstice

The Winter Solstice - St Lythan's burial chamber near Cardiff

Stonehenge winter solstice 2005 pictures