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Old 12-20-2014, 22:51   #1
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Happy Solstice, Happy Christmas and Seasons Greetings to all members of DF.

Tomorrow is the winter solstice (summer solstice for those on the southern hemisphere) and the shortest day for those on the northern hemisphere. The sun started "moving southwards" from June, reached the southernmost point and will come to a standstill tomorrow. Then the northward movement starts. Of course all these movements are just apparent movements as viewed from earth which is revolving around the sun.

All cultures celebrate the winter solstice. Indians celebrate it as the uttaraayana, literally the "northwards journey" of the sun. From winter solstice to the summer solstice (in June) the sun's apparent movement, as seen from earth, is northwards.

Nearly 2000 years ago when the Indian Calendar was reformed, the winter solstice and sun's entry into the Makara raashi (the zodiac of Capricorn) coincided, i.e., happened on the same day. One group wanted to fix the festivities and ritual celebrations on the day of sun's entry into the zodiac of Capricorn. The other group wanted to fix the date on the day of solstice. Looks like the zodiac group had mass and royal support. Because of the precession of the equinoxes these two dates slowly drifted apart. Sun now enters Makara zodiac on January 14th and so people perform the ritual festivities on January 14th. However, traditional astronomers (jyotishis - the modern surname Joshi is from this word) continue to calculate uttaraayana (northward journey) from the actual day of solstice.

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