Winter Solstice offers a time for dressing up and enjoying the annual Winter Solstice ball.
This weekend is Solstice weekend with Sunday being the darkest day of the year for us in the Northern Hemisphere. For those who don’t know, this is when the sun is at its farthest point away from us because the North Pole tips 23 degrees away from the Sun. Because of this, we’re sharing 3 Facts about the Solstice this weekend that you probably never knew before.
Winter Solstice Fact 1 – Druids Have Nothing To Do With The Origin Of Stonehenge
The solstice is traditionally linked with weird Druids in white sheets dancing around Stonehenge with mistletoe on their heads and sickles tied around their waist. However this idea of the Solstice is totally wrong because there is no link at all between the Iron Age Druids and the people who built Stonehenge in Wiltshire. Despite New Age ‘Druids’ romping naked around the monument, Stonehenge was part of a religion that ended well before the Iron Age even began.
Winter Solstice Fact 2 – It’s the Same Everywhere
The ‘solstice’ happens at exactly the same time wherever you are on earth. It’s at the point when the sun on our sky’s ‘dome’ reaches its farthest southward point for the year. At this instant, the Northern Hemisphere has its shortest day and longest night of the year.
This year the December solstice occurs on December 21st at 15:03 SLT. In Universal Time that’s 23:03 (which also happens to be UK time too).
Winter Solstice Fact 3 – Northern Lights
A cluster of seven roads around Swan Street in Manchester are all perfectly aligned with the midwinter sun, just like the prehistoric monument at Stonehenge. It’s not known whether this alignment was deliberate or accidental but Cable Street, Addington Street, Marshall Street and Bendix Street are also aligned with the solstice. Unfortunately for any Northern ‘Druids’ hoping to assemble on these streets naked, the weather looks bad. Maybe it’s best if you just attend the Solstice Ball in Second Life but remember to be dressed – even if it is with virtual clothes.
London Winter Solstice Ball
London is having its own Solstice Ball on Sunday so break out your best formal wear and join us for a night under the stars. This will be truly romantic because we have a great set of Djs and Hosts.
Your Invitation To The Ball
You’re invited to join us as we celebrate the Solstice with this Formal Ball. Set in a winter forest it is the perfect place to come dance with a loved one or even find a new dancing partner! The Ball is only in Hyde Park in the original London Sims.
Winter Solstice Ball DJ Line Up
First up on the decks will be DJ Ali at 12 noon SLT. DJ Ali exclusively plays for London in Second Life. She’s joined by Host Labrat and they look forward to seeing you there in your best black tie or gown. Ali will be playing a selection of the best romantic sounds, appropriate for a classic Ball and there will be plenty of traditional dances available to romantic couples.
After Ali has romanced us for 2 hours DJ Wiccy steps up to the deck and spins for 2 hours. He starts at 2pm and will be playing us into the Christmas spirit. For the Brits amongst us, that’s 10pm to midnight.
The solstice will occur during Wiccy’s set, so set your watches and count down to the solstice hour at 15:03.
Whatever happens next… you’ll find out at the event. See you there!