Winter Solstice Celebration set for Dec. 20

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., Dec. 13, 2013
Dancers celebrate around the fire at last year's Winter Solstice Celebration. Photos courtesy of Duffy Schade. - Contributed Photo

Although winter is just beginning, the days actually start getting longer after Dec. 20. That's one reason for the Winter Solstice Celebration taking place at the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The centerpiece of the event will be the solstice fire. Event co-coordinator Kasha Breau said the fire is part of the pagan custom of adding light to the darkest night of the year. “There will be a lot of music and dancing and traditions that people like to share from around the world,” Breau said, adding that attendees are invited to share their own stories, poems, readings or songs.

Many winter traditions incorporate the idea of “bringing light to darkness.”

“Because the light is getting less and less [long], you have Christmas, which brings traditions like lighting candles, and lights on Christmas trees,” Breau said, adding that it is also the turning point when the days actually start getting longer. “By January first, we actually have three more minutes of light,” she said.

Breau will also be one of the musicians performing at the event, along with other groups. There will also be a belly dancer performing, as well as poetry readings and yoga demonstrations. “It's that time of year when people are hoping to do more getting in tune with their bodies,” Breau said.

This event takes place both indoors and outdoors, and light snacks will be provided. Price for CAS Members is $8 with a family maximum of $24. For non-members, the price is $10, with a family maximum of $30. Children under 12 are admitted for half-price.

Reservations are strongly recommended, as space is limited and the event tends to sell out quickly. To register, or for more information, call 860-633-8402. More information is available at

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