The Greeks invented democracy, started the Olympics, built the foundations of Western arts and culture, and loved a good party. Read about Greek history and politics from the Archaic period through the Hellenistic period.
In Greece, there were winter solstice celebrations, including ones honoring the sea god Poseidon and women's rites.
June 21 is the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and marks the beginning of summer for the earth north of the equator.
December 21-22 is the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and marks the beginning of winter for the earth north of the equator.
Ancient or modern, we all celebrate the year's end and the dwindling day light with solstice celebrations and festivals of light.
The solstices and equinoxes are events that occur twice a year as the Sun's apparent position in the sky changes as seen from Earth.
The solstices and equinoxes mark important seasonal transitions in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
Learn more about the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, and find out when the sun rises and sets on this day in cities across the world.
Learn about the spring equinox, which begins on March 19 or 20 in the Northern Hemisphere. Discover why this event signals the start of spring.
From the welcoming of winter to the closing of harvest season, these popular festivals and holidays are rooted in ancient Celtic and Irish mythology.
An introduction to the seasons (winter, spring, summer, and fall), including why we have them, the weather of each, and equinox and solstice definitions.