7 Winter Solstice Celebrations From Around the World

Soyal: Soyal is the winter solstice celebration of the Hopi Indians of northern Arizona.

Yalda: The Persian festival Yalda, or Shab-e Yalda is a celebration of the winter solstice in Iran.

Inti Raymi: This solstice celebration comes in June rather than December.

Saturnalia: The ancient Roman festival of Saturnalia is perhaps the most closely linked with the modern celebration of Christmas.

Midwinter in Antarctica: Even Antarctica gets its share of solstice celebration, thanks to the researchers staying there over the long, dangerously cold season.

St. Lucia’s Day: St. Lucia’s Day is a festival of lights celebrated in Scandinavia around the time of the winter solstice.

Dong Zhi: Dong Zhi, the “arrival of winter,” is an important festival in China. 

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