And Winter solstice is fast approaching on the morrow. I know because that Gregorian calendar and all of these winter solstice events that I am seeing advertised says so. And what does the solstice mean anyway as those sol letters seem as if they have something to do with the sun. And I heard someone say the other day that the days get one minute longer or shorter each day leading up to the winter or summer solstice or something. And I think December 21st could be the shortest day of the year I have heard. And it seems to be an astrological event also. And what does that internet bible dictionary Wikipedia have to say about this day, let’s see… “A solstice is an astronomical event that happens twice each year, when the tilt of the Earth’s axis is most inclined toward or away from the Sun, causing the Sun’s apparent position in the sky to reach its northernmost or southernmost extreme. The name is derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because at the solstices, the Sun stands still in declination; that is, the apparent movement of the Sun’s path north or south comes to a stop before reversing direction. The term solstice can also be used in a broader sense, as the date (day) when this occurs. The solstices, together with the equinoxes, are connected with the seasons. In some cultures they are considered to start or separate the seasons while in others they fall in the middle.”
And some of those balls, parties, ceremonies, parades, festivals, observations and other events to be found in that city of New York on that winter solstice day are and seem to be, (Okay, well, one that I found listed somewhere… are:
East Village Winter Solstice Parade
The Sea Section Marching Band (from Theater for the New City Halloween Parade) invites any and all to join us for a lighthearted and fun Winter Solstice Parade after school
Monday 12.21.09 (Winter Solstice) at 3:30PM meet at La Plaza Cultural community Garden at East 9th St at Ave C.
Please bring instruments, costumes, candles, kids etc… ….
No previous musical experience needed. Bring a pot to bang on, or just come join us.