Do you know that the light of the sun will begin a new solar cycle on the day of Winter Solstice? The festival began 2,500 years ago that celebrated by the Chinese was aimed to observe the movements of the sun with the use of a sundial. The festival is celebrated either on December 21 or 22 according to the Gregorian calendar.
On the day of Winter Solstice, the Northern hemisphere experiences the shortest daytime and longest night. Subsequently, the days will become longer and longer where ancient Chinese believed the yang, or muscular, positive things will become stronger and stronger after Winter Solstice, thus, it should be celebrated.
At the same time, the festival signifies how the light triumph over the long darkness as in winter, everything is dormant as the earth is in silence. It is a sacred time for both rest and reflection before the awakening and the forthcoming brighter days.
The energy of winter is damning but it is of fruitful darkness and silence out from which our soul’s yearnings and new inspirations come out. And as we consciously connect our awareness to nature’s cycle, our understanding of our growth cycles begins to deepen.
Have you asked yourself why do we spend so much time suppressing and hiding our darkness? We suppress our negative emotions when we feel them as they are inconvenient and uncomfortable. At worst, we feel guilty for feeling them.