Celebrated in late September, as the seasons transition from the outer warmth of summer to the coolness of fall, we turn inwards, towards ourselves and towards our community for inner warmth. We gather our confidence and courage to look for strength, and renew the impulse to live our lives on the earth to the best of our abilities. The archetypical image of the battle with the dragon symbolizes this courage and strength. A potluck follows the celebration.
Children make their own lanterns and gather with parents and teachers, then walk together, singing with glimmering lanterns held high, to carry light into the approaching darkness of winter. The lanterns are symbols of our own individual light; and the walk into the cold, dark evening gives us an experience of caring and sharing when the darkness of winter approaches. We end the evening with a sharing of hot apple cider and refreshments.
Winter Solstice celebrates a turning point when darker and shorter days become illuminated by our inner light, and we experience a mood of anticipation and preparation for the return of light. We celebrate with a Spiral Walk puppet show where the puppets walk the pine-bough spiral. A potluck follows the celebration.