Yesterday marked the winter solstice.
Winter solstice occurs when the tilt of the earth’s axis is most inclined away from the sun. It is the shortest day of the year, and longest night. It signifies the start of winter.
Historically the winter solstice has been celebrated throughout the world, holding diverse cultural and religious significances.
Having celebrated the summer solstice last year with a healthy bonfire, we were keen to revive and maintain this tradition.
Plus it’s the day of the year when our shadows are the longest they’ll ever be, and that seems like a fine time to get back in touch with our inner cave-[wo]manliness.
How to: Celebrate the Winter Solstice
- Collect wood and one goat.
- Cart to place of worship.
- Make fire.
- Bake winter solstice cake (aka carrot cake, made from freshly harvested carrots).
- Prepare winter solstice dinner:
- Scrub potatoes, and kumara.
- Individually wrap in foil with some rosemary, and a light dribbling of olive oil.
- Core apples, and fill with brown sugar, dried fruits, a dabbling of butter, and wrap in foil.
- Return to fire, dig out embers and embed foil parcels within.
- Get in touch with inner cave-sapienism, run around fire, and after shadows, and appreciate life.
- Retrieve food tasty smelling food 30 minutes later, and serve with hot barley soup.
More photos here.