Celebrate the Winter Solstice
Published on Friday, December 20, 2013 - 9:39am
On Saturday, Dec. 21 -- at 5:11 p.m., to be exact -- take a look at the sun.
You may notice that it's very far south in the sky, and also quite low on the horizon. That's because the Earth is the farthest away in its revolution around the sun, with the North Pole pointing away from it. This makes the solstice the shortest day and longest night of the entire year.
People the world over have observed and celebrated the Winter Solstice since time immemorial. One way to learn about the event is by watching the sky and taking note of what you see before, after and while it happens. Another way is to read about Solstice holidays and customs in our wonderful books!
- The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice by Wendy Pfeffer
- A Coyote Solstice Tale by Thomas King
- Lucia and the Light by Phyllis Root
Keep warm, and enjoy this special day! Make sure to stop by the library for more great seasonal reads.