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Weekend planner — solstice

KEVIN GUTTING
Revelers gather around a bonfire during a solstice celebration at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary Friday.

KEVIN GUTTING Revelers gather around a bonfire during a solstice celebration at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary Friday.

The celebration of Christmas was supposedly transposed from October to December by Pope Gregory in the seventh century under the belief that aligning it with the winter solstice would assist in the conversion of the pagan population of Britain. Hanukkah, too, is thought to be anciently connected to the elliptical pivot between darkness and light, as are the rituals of many other cultures. In the Age of Multiculturalism, that is no doubt why Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary’s annual Family Solstice Celebration has steadily grown in popularity since it was begun nearly two decades ago as a way of saying thanks to the community for donations and volunteer work. Including a bonfire, hot cider, music and readings, the program takes place 6-8:30 p.m. Friday no matter the weather. The event is free and registration is not required. 584-3009. (Kevin Gutting photo)

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