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Green Diary Events - November 2017

21Dec

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice is a Pagan event. Pagans are deeply aware of the natural world and most are most Pagans are eco-friendly, seeking to live in a way that minimises harm to the natural environment.

Winter Solstice, otherwise referred to as Yule, is the time when the sun child is reborn, an image of the return of all new life born through the love of the Gods.  Click here to understand more about how this festival is connected to the environment.

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This is a regular yearly event - next three dates are: 21/12/2017, 21/12/2018, 21/12/2019
21Dec

Winter Solstice - Festival of Rebirth

Our ancestors celebrated 8 points in the year using them as a framework for their lives. The "Wheel of the Year" combines the astronomical cycle of the solstices and equinoxes, with the turning points of each season, marked by the Celts with the 4 Cross Quarter festivals, formerly known as the 4 Great Fire Festivals; Imbolc, Beltain, Lammas and Samhain. In the past huge community bonfires were lit on hilltops, uniting communities in common focus and celebration of their lives and the earth.

The Winter Solstice [5:30 GMT] is the shortest day of the year and the longest night. At this time the darkness has reached its height and the waning cycle of the Sun stops. From now on the days will begin to lengthen and warmth and outer growth will return to us and to the Earth.

The Winter Solstice is an opportunity to come out of hibernation, to be loving and generous, to reconnect and celebrate friendships, family and the warmth of community.