Top winter solstice celebrations in the northern hemisphere

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  1. I haven’t seen much of a celebration of the winter solstice here in the States, but would love to join in any of the traditions you have featured. I especially liked the feeling of Guatemala’s annual Fiesta de Santo Tomas (and the colors).

  2. Lucy says:

    I’ve heard about a lot of summer solstice celebrations but as you say the winter one does tend to get lost in among the Christmas festivities! Fascinating to read about some of the ways it is celebrated around the world though.

  3. How fascinating! I’d love to witness any of these events one day. During my recent visit to Japan, I saw a few trees growing yuzu. I meant to ask my guide what they were but by the time I caught up with her they had slipped my mind. Thanks to you I now know what they were!

    • Sara Dobak says:

      Oh I’m so glad you can now put a name (and a seasonal purpose) to yuzu. I’d love to try a yuzu bath..hmmmm… I wonder whether a combination of other citrus fruit would do…? Probably not!

  4. Anna Parker says:

    I’m from west cornwall and didn’t know about the Penzance tradition, can I even call myself Cornish!? It is fascinating the different festivals over the world. For me – the highlight is that on the 22nd, summer is well and truly on the way back to us!!

    • Sara Dobak says:

      I only found out about Montol through research – it does look fun though. And I know many folk will agree with you about summer, but I’m also a fan of the yin and yang idea of balance, because the dark winter nights = better stargazing. 🙂

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