Winter Solstice celebrations: a.k.a.
Saturnalia, Yule, the Long
start of Winter, etc.
Everywhere in the world, people observe various seasonal days of celebration during the month of December. Most are religious holy days, and are linked
in some way to the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. On that day,
due to the earth's tilt on its axis, the daytime hours are at a minimum in the
Northern hemisphere, and night time is at a maximum.
In the southern
hemisphere, the summer solstice is celebrated in December, when the night time
is at a minimum and the daytime is at a maximum. We will assume that the reader
lives in the Northern hemisphere for the rest of this section.