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By Ruben Mendoza
California State University - Monterey Bay 

A sacred light in the darkness: Winter solstice illuminations at Spanish missions

 

December 12, 2018



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(THE CONVERSATION) On Friday, Dec. 21, nations in the Northern Hemisphere will mark the winter solstice – the shortest day and longest night of the year. For thousands of years people have marked this event with rituals and celebrations to signal the rebirth of the sun and its victory over darkness.

At hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of missions stretching from northern California to Peru, the winter solstice sun triggers an extraordinarily rare and fascinating event – somet...



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