The shortest day of the year is almost upon us. The winter solstice, the
turning point of the year from which the sun's rays grow ever-stronger,
falls on 21 June 2014.
Northey Street City Farm will hold its annual Winter Solstice Festival, featuring live music, mouthwatering fresh food and art activities for the kids. Circus, fire and a range of other performers will also roam the crowds.
Ancient societies marked this point in the calendar with ceremonies to tether the sun, to abandon one's winter-bride, and to bear witness to the longest night of the year by staying up all night. Traditionally, too, the winter solstice was regarded as the best time to plant garlic and other bulbs.Though this is not so relevant given Brisbane's subtropical climate it makes for an interesting piece of history to reflect and ring in the upcoming seasonal changes.
Quoting from a National Geographic article, Northey Street City Farm notes that humans have celebrated the rebirth of sunlight after the dark days of winter throughout recorded history: 'The winter solstice ... offers the opportunity to reflect on the season passed and the season to come, and to consider what no longer serves us, what we wish to let go, and what we would like to take forward into the new phase of the cycle.'
Last year more than 1800 attended and those considering this year's festival are encouraged to 'bring a rug, dancing shoes and a party attitude'. So if you are lucky enough to be staying with us here at The Manor Apartment Hotel Brisbane during this time, or just want an excuse to join in these unique festivities, then why not fully embrace the celebration....
When: Saturday 21 June 2014, 2.00pm to 9.00pm
Where:Corner of Northey St and Victoria St, Windsor
Cost: Free, donations encouraged to support the farm