At the same time, our friends of the other hemisphere are at the top of their daylight empire, which is slightly declining.
December 20 and December 23 solstices occur less frequently than December 21 or December 22 solstices in the Gregorian calendar. It confirms once again that we measure time with rather relative parameters, while our earth simply doesn’t care for dates we have fixed, but keeps on with its regular movement to be always back to the same place at the due moment.
Only the natural phenomena are common for all the inhabitants of this little planet, and if there is ever any absolute value, it can be found only in them,
From the origin of their story, which is ours of course, human beings have always been scared by darkness and have worshipped light, as force of life and source of renewed natural energy.
So we find in all ancient culture ritual celebrations to welcome the return of light, leading slowly but securely to the next spring and, as a consequence, to the next promising harvest.
I have always enjoyed the symbolism of lights in the heart of winter. In many North European countries, where winter lights is even more reduced, people have the habit to light a candle on the windowsill when they come back home from work .
I liked that moment of the day when I was in Estonia. We lit up candles and we sat comfortably drinking something before dinner, while outdoors even the fields covered with snow looked dark in the total obscurity.