21 December 2008
Bring on the Light - Springtime Begins
Welcome to the first post of spring. Today, this 21st day of December, the heavy down blanket of the Nordic winter slowly, surely, begins to lighten, feather by feather. The seemingly relentless march towards darkness is reversed. Day by day since June the night has nibbled away at the light. Today, the light prevails and slowly begins to retake the darkness.
According to the Danish Meteological Institute, the length of the day is 10 hours and 28 minutes shorter than on the 21st of June. We have been robbed of light.
From today, however, bits and pieces of time are being illuminated. Only fragments at first but it is enough. The winter solstice was with good reason an event to be celebrated in ancient times. The festival in Northern Europe was called Jul, or Yule in English. We still use the same word to this day for the religious festival that has tried to replace it.
Spring, in effect, starts today. Sure, an icy January and February lay in wait but the knowledge that the light is returning makes all manner of ice and snow seem laughable.
Bring on the light. Bring on the Copenhagen spring. All hail the Copenhagen summer.
[Addendum: just noticed that this is post #801 in the history of Cycle Chic. So yay for that.]