From my research, the word "solstice" is derived from two Latin words: sol ("sun) and sistere ("to stand still"). So basically, the solstice is the time when the sun stands still. Speaking in astronomical terms, solstice is the time when the sun is at the lowest point in the sky. During the winter solstice we have the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Winter solstice usually occurs on December 21 to 23 in the Northern Hemisphere and on June 20 to 23 in the Southern Hemisphere.
The winter solstice in ancient times was a celebration that the days were going to get shorter and you (hopefully) had enough food to last until Spring. Because the coming deep winter months also required preparation for a period of survival on less sustenance, the Winter Solstice was also known as the hibernal solstice, and celebrated as the last joyous feast day until spring.
This event had deep spiritual meanings in many cultures. In many cases, Winter Solstice was associated with the birth of the Sun. And the birth of the sun meant the birth of the god or goddess. It must be said, that all Christian world still celebrates Winter Solstice as the Birth of their God's son Jesus.
Ancient civilizations recognized this turning point toward the gradual return of the light as a time of reawakening and rebirth, a time of new beginnings. This period still today, provides time for introspection and preparation for our spirit to open and receive the coming light .
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