It has been celebrated for centuries as the shortest day and longest night of the calendar.
Spiritually this occasion has great significance as a time of rebirth. As the seeds within the earth germinate and prepare for birth in spring.
People tend to hibernate from the cold which comes with winter. This is a sacred time and a great time for healing. The Winter Solstice is a celebration of winter and time with family, time for yourself and time to prepare for the births and rebirths of spring.
It is a time for reflection and contemplation. Often celebrated with bonfires, music and dancing, this is the time to dance for another cycle around the sun complete. As this is the longest night of the calendar, celebrations with lanterns, bonfires and parades often take place.
Give thanks for darkness, the yin to the yang. A time for regeneration and revitalisation. A time for rest and relaxation. A time for contemplation of the wonders of the universe, the darkness, the mysteries of life.