2011 Winter Solstice Bonfire in Olbrich Park
In the Midwest, the astronomical time for this year's Winter Solstice is right on the cusp -- 11:30pm CST -- between Dec. 21 and 22, so we decided to celebrate on both days. The beautiful communal ritual in Olbrich Park today, and our little family ritual tomorrow in which we leave food for the creatures and ice candles (if they don't melt) for Mother Nature at sunset.
It was great huddling together with a circle of people as the light faded over the lake to the west, waiting for the ritual lighting of the Solstice bonfire. Video too long for Flickr so I put it up on YouTube. "For ten years now, we have burned the Solstice fire, and the sun has returned. It will return again. We know our science." Loved that line about the "science" of making the sun return. A wonderful annual communal event by the Lake Monona shoreline on Madison's east side put on by the Friends of Starkweather Creek.