Join us for a Festival of Light as Getting Kids Outdoors partners with the Headlands
International Dark Sky Park this Saturday at the Headlands Guest House from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, Saturday, December 14th. There candles and song sheets will be distributed. We will settle in for a story and a beautiful celebration of shining our light into the ever-darkening season. Participants will be invited to place their light in an outdoor spiral garden, a quiet and engaging ceremony perfect for families, especially with small children, offering a respite from the usual rush of the holiday season.
The turning points in the cycle of the year ~ known to us as the Solstices in June and December, and the Equinoxes in March and September ~ have always been heralded by specific practices of “making ready”. Such practices belonged not only to the religions of the world, but to indigenous people observing cultural rites that were an attempt to harmonize with the apparent movement of the Sun, the Moon and the planets throughout the year.
One such cultural celebration has to do with the festival of light and Sun that takes place during the darkest time of the year. The darkest time is regarded as the Winter Solstice, the astronomical moment when it appears that the Sun has traveled as far south of the celestial equator as it can. Because of the tilt of the Earth on its axis, this moment in the Northern Hemisphere is the darkest moment, also known as the shortest day of the year, and as the first day of Winter.
The event is free, and because space is limited, reservations are required at 231.347.0991