Earth's seasons, equinoxes & solstices Season to Season: Earth's Equinoxes & Solstices that awesome graphic that was here on March 20th, is now in Astronomy, & Science & Nature > Earth Science and > Weather.
Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year. Traditionally, it is celebrated from the very beginning of one Celtic day to its end, or in the modern calendar, from sunset on 31 October to sunset on 1 November, this places it about halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. It is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals, along with Imbolc, Beltane and Lughnasadh. (Samhain Mandala - CJ Shelton)
Paying attention to Solstices and Equinoxes helps us to be in tune with changes in the world of nature and to feel a part of something bigger than ourselves. Celebrating the seasons with our children inspires awe and wonder in us all. The Winter Solstice is a pause, a moment to stop and reflect even in the midst of all the holiday hustle and bustle. Here is a sun craft to make with your children.
The Celtic celebration of the winter solstice was called the Alban Arthuan, one of four celebrations that marked the solstice and equinox positions of the sun. Alban Arthuan was a festival of peace and a celebration of waxing solar light. Many honored the forthcoming Sun child by burning an oaken Yule log, and honored the Goddess in her many Mother aspects. The Father God was honored in various forms: as Santa Claus, the Old Sky God, Father Time, and the Holly King.