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Winter Solstice Celebration
December 22 / 3:30 PM - December 22 / 7:00 PM
The Winter Solstice is a Nyida Day, a social and celebratory time in the Shambhala community. It's an opportunity to be together as a society. As the Sakyong puts it,
This is a winter community celebration—a feeling of family, village mentality, a tribe coming together across the generations. This day is a chance to strengthen our community so that it can arise strong for the new year and spring. This sort of winter solstice used to happen in all cultures, but at some point it got mixed with various religious themes. We can return it to its' pure and simple roots.
This particular holiday is especially associated with the notion of light. Because we live in the northern hemisphere, we cherish the light during these short days so there will be a candle-lighting ceremony with offerings of music. We also expect an audio greeting and short message from the Sakyong Wangmo. The afternoon wraps up with a festive pot-luck meal.
Note: "Nyida" comes from the Tibetan words nyima (sun) and dawa (moon). Nyida days occur on or near the days of the equinoxes and solstices. They are auspicious times for people to gather for community and family-oriented celebrations. Friends, partners, families—everyone is welcome. Bring your favourite dish!