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Solstice 2016: It's a Global Solstice Party and You're Invited

Solstice 2016 will be a multi-stream, twenty-four-hour event, covering all of Earth’s time zones, to celebrate the summer solstice. Participants will perform their Solstice art in whatever medium they choose, between the hours of 17:00 and 18:00 in their time zone or create the performance in advance. The program will be finely curated. Viewers around the world will be able to catch individual or simultaneous feeds of the various performances throughout the Solstice period. [more inside]
posted by gudrun on Jun 21, 2016 - 18 comments


We've talked about Manhattanhenge — the days, usually around May 2 and August 12, on which the setting sun aligns Stonehenge-style with Manhattan's street grid. But of course, the real Stonehenge doesn't line up with the sun on just any old day: it specifically marks sunrise and sunset on the solstices. So you might wonder, are there any streets that do that? The answer, as it turns out, is "Yes — lots!" [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on Dec 21, 2015 - 36 comments

Celebrating the summer solstice at Stonehenge

Thousands of people gathered at Stonehenge this year for the summer solstice.
posted by Sir Rinse on Jun 21, 2015 - 14 comments

"It was the Yuletide, that men call Christmas"

David Wong, Cracked: The True Meaning of Christmas (That Everyone Forgets) [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Dec 24, 2014 - 47 comments

"How can they possibly believe this shit?"

Piety and Plenty: The Buying and Selling of Christmas
posted by the man of twists and turns on Dec 15, 2014 - 55 comments

Joy From The World

December is a month of darkness across the Northern Hemisphere, where 90 percent of the global population lives. We battle it with candles and song, and above all with parties and food.
posted by ellieBOA on Dec 9, 2014 - 24 comments

The Other Person is You

There is a lot about Kundalini Yoga and White Tantric and Solstice that is very unbelievable. Does a turban really hold your brain together? Does one day of White Tantric Yoga really equal years worth of meditation? If you revolve your life around Solstice, as Yogi Bhajan says, will everything really be taken care of? I laugh at all of it, but I keep coming back, so I either believe it, or I want to...
posted by showbiz_liz on Jul 10, 2013 - 21 comments

eight thousand floating fireballs over poland

To celebrate the recent summer solstice, residents of Poznań, Poland gathered to break the country’s record for releasing paper lanterns by setting 8,000 of the glowing lights aloft. More. (via) [more inside]
posted by crunchland on Jul 1, 2011 - 39 comments

It weebles and it wobbles but it won't fall down.

Year On Earth breaks it down, explaining the complicated mechanics involved in trying to determine how long a year really is, why seasons and ice ages happen, and how not all years are created equal.
posted by loquacious on Jul 5, 2010 - 22 comments


Justin Quinnell takes pinhole photographs[pdf] with six month exposures, for example: Bristol from the Winter to the Summer solstice, if you like them, why not try it yourself?
posted by nfg on Jan 9, 2009 - 31 comments

Solstice at Newgrange

At dawn on the winter solstice, the passage and chamber of the megalithic passage tomb at Newgrange are illuminated for 17 minutes by a shaft of sunlight entering through the roofbox above the entrance. The builders of Newgrange achieved this precise alignment over 5,000 years ago, 1,000 years before Stonehenge. You can watch the sunrise illumination on a live webcast between 08:30 and 09:30 UTC on Sunday, December 21st.
posted by homunculus on Dec 20, 2008 - 29 comments

Long Day's Journey Into Night

To kick off the northern hemisphere's summer solstice, an old favorite from the original Eddie Cochran, The Who, Van Halen, Blue Cheer, Brian Setzer, T. Rex, Bruce Springsteen, yes, even Hanson. But wait, last but not least, Alvin and the Chipmunks.
posted by netbros on Jun 20, 2008 - 25 comments

Stonehenge math

Solstice/equinox calculations Been hankering to build your own Stonehenge but got stumped at the planning stage? Paul Doherty shows you the math to construct a modern ancient observatory with angles and facings correct for your latitude.
posted by Mitheral on May 1, 2007 - 5 comments

Nobody came to my Winter Solstice party

Nobody came to my Winter Solstice party I'm not accusing anyone, just asking why and what gives.
via the most amazing thing I have ever found on the internet, without exception, the spectacular, hilarious, awe-inspiring, truly monumental, brilliant and moving Leisuretown
posted by Settle on Apr 7, 2002 - 21 comments

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