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.
The Winter Solstice - St Lythan's burial chamber