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PaganNewsBeagle Faithful Friday Dec 19

Today's Faithful Friday post concentrates on stories of the upcoming Winter Solstice (with one celebrating the corresponding Summer Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere). Stonehenge for Solstice?; Manchester (UK) streets salute the winter sun; Solstice at Native American site Cahokia Mounds; Solstice parade in NYC; Christmas in New Zealand.

Want to go to Stonehenge to celebrate Winter Solstice? English Heritage has the official scoop on what, when, and where. (The "why" you'll need to come up with yourself.)

In Britain, but don't want to deal with the crowds at Stonehenge? Check out the Solstice streets of Manchester. (Yes, the place with the famous football aka soccer team.)

Or you could celebrate Solstice at Woodhenge, a reconstruction of Native American solar calendar at the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Illinois.

In a more urban style, what about a Solstice parade in New York City? An outdoor musical celebration is marking the winter solstice on Sunday with just over a dozen small parades and people are invited to join in — with bells, horns, their phones, even their feet.

Down south in New Zealand, it's Summer Solstice that's about to occur. Which makes the "winter" holidays like Christmas a little different there. This article from the New Zealand Herald describes Christmas in "Middle Earth."

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