Updated: Dec 22, 2022
The December solstice, winter or summer, depending on whether you are in the northern or southern hemisphere, is the day the earth is closest to the sun.
In an elliptical orbit and given the earth's inclination, the paradox occurs that it is winter in one hemisphere and summer in the other.
This date is significant because, although it is considered the beginning of the winter or summer season, it also means that it is the day on which we begin to transition to the temperate seasons, the equinoxes bringing spring and autumn.
The ancestral cultures in various parts of the planet already knew about this, although they interpreted it as meaning that the king star was moving, instead of us, given the perspective they had from Earth. There are many buildings prior to the Christian era that demonstrate the great knowledge that our ancestors, from the four directions, had about the path of the Sun. These buildings were essentially observatories to be able to accurately define the solstices and equinoxes, which served as calendars, essentially for agriculture.
Much has been said and erroneously said about this, making us believe that the ancients had pagan religions in which they worshipped the Sun, ridiculing and even killing them. However, the truth is that they were great observers, scientists, architects and farmers who based their customs on the astronomical movements that govern life on our planet.
Years ago, in honour of our grandfathers and grandmothers who left us such valuable knowledge and never gave up defending the truth that can be observed by anyone who wants to look, I celebrate these critical dates for our existence.