For optimists, the winter solstice is a major happy holiday; every day from now on is a little bit longer as we climb out of the darkness toward spring. For years in Toronto we have celebrated it with the Kensington Market Festival of Lights; now the Japanese Candle Night, celebrated during the summer solstice, has been extended to the winter where it makes a lot more sense.
So turn off the lights and light candles on December 22 from 8:00 PM till 10:00 PM.
Do something special . . .
Read a book with your child by candlelight.
Enjoy a quiet dinner with a special person.
This night can mean many things for many people.
A time to save energy, to think about peace,
to think about people in distant lands
who share our planet.
Pulling the plug open the window to a new world.
Awakens as to human freedom and diversity.
It is a process of discovery about our potential.
However you spend them, for just tow hours, join us.
Turning off the lights, and help us spread
a gentle wave of candlelight around the earth.
On the evening of the winter solstice,
from 8 to 10 p.m.
Turn off your lights, and take it slow.