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Last night was the longest night of the year, a day also called the Winter Solstice or Yule. For those who mark the wheel of the year, it is an important holiday. Yule is officially the first day of winter, but it is also when the sunlight hours of the day begin to increase once more.
Many Yule traditions have been incorporated into the modern Christmas celebration, but modern pagans and Wiccans celebrate the solstice as a distinct holiday. While mythology varies from tradition to tradition, most celebrate Yule as the day when the Horned God is symbolically reborn. Some may celebrate with large bonfires (weather permitting), while others may simply light candles against the darkness inside their own home.
Ladybud Magazine wishes a bright and warm Winter Solstice to its readers who celebrate the holiday. Be safe, especially those who traveled to sacred sites for the passing of the longest night. May the light return with great haste!
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