This annual event marks the longest night in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest day in the Southern Hemisphere.
Today December 21,2013 is Winter Soltice, the longest night of the year.
The sun begins moving northward in the sky each day, slowly leading to
more sun north of the equator and ushering in a darker, colder season in
the Southern Hemisphere. For us in Wisconsin it means increasingly more daylight until June 21, 2014.
Worldwide, interpretation of the event has varied from culture to
culture, but many cultures have held a recognition of rebirth, involving festivals, gatherings, rituals or other celebrations around this time of year.
With various names Yule, Mid-Winter, the Longest Night, the Shortest Day,or Winter Soltice it has been celebrated round the world for centuries.
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