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Good winter solstice to all!
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Cool look
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Beautiful.

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Thanks Eporedia!  Down here in lil old New Zealand it's the summer solstice, longest day of the year. It's unbelievable as we haven't even had a decent summer yet.  You will be thankful that yours is the shortest day and it can only get longer from now on.  Your depiction of it is lovely.   [smile] Robyn
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I really like this~
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Thanks Eporedia!  Down here in lil old New Zealand it's the summer solstice, longest day of the year. It's unbelievable as we haven't even had a decent summer yet.  You will be thankful that yours is the shortest day and it can only get longer from now on.  Your depiction of it is lovely.   [smile] Robyn

It shows that the earth is very round! I wish you all the best during these long days. It is still traditional here to put a candle until New Year's Eve!



From St. Martin's Day, November 11, to the Epiphany, January 6, a period of celebration and illuminated processions begins. Interspersed, in the Middle Ages, with moments of penance. Other times, other mores!

December. The winter solstice is not far away. In the Northern Hemisphere, the light decreases every day. The peasant populations, still in the majority at the beginning of the 20th century, were all the more moved because, before the appearance of electricity, the nights were endless. Houses crack during stormy nights and imaginations wander following an anxious wild hunter, already known in the middle of the Middle Ages, who leads his noisy carriage into the sky. Ghosts, soldiers in armor who died violently and without the blessing of the Church, horses and hungry dogs form a gloomy procession.

As the winter solstice approaches, there are concerns about the night and the afterlife. The civilized world is reassuring and clear; it is easy to distinguish the limits of time and space. On the other hand, it is dangerous to venture into the uncivilized world, the dark realm of ancestors and supernatural beings.

It is no coincidence that the "Feasts of the Dead" are placed at the beginning of this alarming period when the return of the dark forces was feared. Among the Celts, the sacred feast of Samain, at the beginning of November, announces the New Year and celebrates the return of the cold season: the divine world merges for a time with the human. From the 9th century onwards, Halloween, the eve of All Saints' Day, replaced Samain, but the one that came back from across the Atlantic without much success in the 1990s has too many elements of derision to be understood by the old Europe. However, the tradition of vegetable lanterns and children's tours were well known there.

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Désolée pour ce long post !

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Happy winter to you!
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That was an interesting read Eporedia.  have a lovely holiday!  [smile]  Robyn
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