Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Vintersolstånd

Today is Vintersolstånd or Winter Solstice, which means it is the day of the year with the least amount of daylight as the earth is the furthest away from the sun on this day. In Trollhättan the forecast says sunrise is 9am and sunset is 3pm today, meaning we have 6 hours of daylight, but in the north of Sweden some towns have 24 hours of darkness!

The winter solstice used to be celebrated by the Druids by cutting a piece of mistletoe as it was thought to be magical as it had fruit on it during the winter. They also lit a log and kept it burning for 12 hours to conquer the evil spirits the darkness brought. Both traditions have now made their way into modern Christmas with kissing under the mistletoe and having a Yule Log, or lighting candles on a Christmas tree.

Today the day passes without much celebration other than people knowing that it will gradually start to get lighter now until we reach Midsummer on 25th June where we will have nearly 24 hours of daylight!

Below: Making the most of my 6 hours of daylight with a walk to Kopparklinten before it gets dark!




4 Comments:

At 6:54 PM, Anonymous Britt-Arnhild said...

Happy Winter Solstice.

 
At 12:05 PM, Blogger Connie and Rob said...

Very pretty pictures. It looks a little too chilly there for me though.

Nobody could ever look as cute as you in a black ski hat. Lucky girl.

Connie

 
At 11:34 PM, Blogger Sonia said...

Love these photos and you are so beautiful, Helen!

I am glad I meet you! I always appreciate your nice comment on my blog.

I wish to you and your family a Happy and Merry Christmas!
Have a New Year filled with peace and love! Warmly regards, from your Brazilian friend, Sonia.

 
At 2:49 AM, Blogger DayByDay4-2Day said...

The site is beautiful. Thank you for showing us that.

I hope your trip goes smoothly. Just wondering... do you alwasy wrap in brown paper or is this because of the trip?

 

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