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The December solstice of 2012 has happened and for most of us the world didn’t end. So for the remainder of December 2012 the 12th Annual Great EsSkate registration is 12 percent less. You can download a registration form here and mail it in or register on line.
Just in case you were wondering about the December solstice and what it means to people. It occurs annually on a day between December 20 and December 23. On this date, all places above latitude of 66.5 degrees north are in darkness, while locations below latitude of 66.5 degrees south receive 24 hours of daylight. To this day, the world is still influenced by various traditions linked to the observance of the December solstice
Christmas; December 25 may have been chosen to offset pagan celebrations of Saturnalia and Natalis, and because from that point onwards, the days began to have more daylight in the northern hemisphere. Kwanzaa; December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving held in the United States. The celebration honors African-American heritage
Legend has it that near the December solstice there was only enough sanctified oil for a temple lamp to last one day. Nevertheless, it burned for eight days, giving us the eight days of Hanukkah
Bodhi Day, Rohatsu or Wesak Day: celebrated on the 8th day of the 12th lunar month is the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the historical Buddha received enlightenment. Pongal happens in southern India the middle of January every year and marks the beginning of Uttarayan, the sun's journey northwards and lasts for four days
Bahá'í is the 3rd most widespread organized Abrahamic religion in Africa The Bahá'í use a solar calendar with regular years of 365 days, and leap years of 366 days. Years are composed of 19 months of 19 days each, plus an extra period of Leap Days. The calendar begins at the vernal equinox. At present, the Bahá'í calendar is synchronized to the Gregorian calendar so the extra day of a leap year occurs simultaneously in both calendars.
Islam follows a lunar calendar that is not corrected according to the solar calendar. So holidays occur at different times throughout the year. Eid El Fitr marks the end of the fast of Ramadan usually mid-December. Giving to charity is an essential feature of the day and children are given presents.
So this holiday season give yourself a present; plan to join hundreds of your old and new skater friends at a fun event. It’s also the gift that continues to give because proceeds go to the Miami Beach Police Athletic League and supports local kids programs.