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Winter Solstice traditions

Posted By Psyche On Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 3:05 pm In Essays & Opinion,Occulture | No Comments

The 21st Annual Kensington Market Festival of Lights [1]Every solstice and equinox my husband and I host a large dinner party for our friends. Or, as near to the date as we can, usually whichever Saturday is closest.

This year was no exception, and though I failed to get a picture of it on Saturday, I did have a go at making Riz Aleister Crowley [2], Crowley’s recipe for pilaf.

Crowley’s original recipe doesn’t give quantities for the ingredients he lists, so I’ve made my best guess, and detailed my process here [2]. It was delicious.

For the bakers among you, there’s also an awesome shortbread recipe [3] you should totally try out.

This year my husband and I also woke up in the middle of the night to watch the eclipse. we had a great view from our porch, even with various wires strung across our narrow street, and streetlights ablaze. I was surprised to see that we were the only people out that night.

There’s been a lot of kerfuffle about this rare red eclipse occurring on the winter solstice, as it hasn’t done so for several hundred years. It was a beautiful night, and I hope you got to experience it.

Kensington Market is a small neighbourhood in downtown Toronto, and for the past twenty-one years1 [4] there has been the Kensington Market Festival of Lights [5], a parade with music, puppets, paper lanterns, a stilt-walker, and crowds of people following along. I try to make it every year; I love it. The picture above is taken from this year’s Festival, with two more shared on my personal blog [6].

Dinner parties, good food, and a parade to celebrate the sun returning to the world are how I celebrate my winter solstice every year. What are your traditions?


  1. Apart from last year. The Festival was cancelled due to extreme winds. [back [7]]

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[1] Image: http://ahrfoundation.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/crow-solstice-2010.jpeg

[2] Riz Aleister Crowley: http://journal.nicomaramckay.com/food/recipe-for-riz-aleister-crowley/

[3] awesome shortbread recipe: http://journal.nicomaramckay.com/food/awesome-shortbread-cookie-recipe/

[4] 1: http://ahrfoundation.org/2010/12/23/winter-solstice-traditions/#footnote_0_2750

[5] Kensington Market Festival of Lights: http://redpepperspectacle.wordpress.com/festival-of-lights/

[6] two more shared on my personal blog: http://journal.nicomaramckay.com/culture/the-21st-annual-kensington-market-festival-of-lights/

[7] back: http://ahrfoundation.org/2010/12/23/winter-solstice-traditions/#identifier_0_2750

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