Winter Solstice

puerta-del-solThe winter solstice in the southern hemisphere is the time in which the Sun is at its northernmost point in the sky, which usually occurs on June 20 to 21 each year…Worldwide, interpretation of the event has varied from culture to culture, but many cultures have held a recognition of rebirth, involving holidays, festivals, gatherings, rituals or other celebrations around that time. (Wikipedia).

In Bolivia it was known as “Noche de San Juan” (Saint John’s night). A bonfire is customary with sausages and hotdogs being the shortest day and coldest night of the year and some years it has been that way.  On the 7th of June 2010 the law was passed and the holiday is to be called the ‘Aymara New Year’ and must be celebrated as a national Holiday which means that all public and private institutions, companies and schools throughout the entire nation must suspend their activities. Everyone is happy about the day off, but very discontent with the name, since not all Bolivia is of Aymara origin. There are many arguments against it, for example, the place where this “new year” is celebrated is in the ruins of Tiwanaku which are from another culture.

As for me, the name is irrelevant. I am already planning to enjoy my day off…and by the way, I better go to buy those wieners.

Published in: on June 20, 2013 at 9:22 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. ¡todos disfrutamos un día libre! que bueno que lo tienes

  2. Esos días de relax, ¡hay que disfrutarlos al máximo! Y tienes razón, las cosas de cómo se denomine ciertos días, para nosotros es irrelevante. Goza de tu día libre!!!!!!!

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