Brighter Than Today - A Secular Solstice Celebration
December 14th, the New York secular community will be coming together, to celebrate how humanity conquered winter - through stories, science and song. Participate in two hours of communal music and afterparty, in a festival that is probably unlike any secular event you've been to.
Like most things, winter was once a mystery. The world got cold, and dark. Life became fragile. People died. And they didn't know what was happening or understand why. They desperately threw festivals in honor of sun gods with all-too-human motivations, and prayed for the light's return.
It didn't help. Though we did discover that throwing parties in the middle of winter is an excellent idea.
But then something incredible and beautiful happened. We studied the sky. We invented astronomy, and other sciences. We began a long journey towards truly understanding our place in the universe. And we used that knowledge to plan for the future, and make our world better. Five thousand years later, the winter isn't so scary.
But the symbol of the solstice - the departure and return of the sun - is still powerful. The work we have done to transform winter from a terrifying season of darkness into a modern festival of light deserves a reverence with all the weight of an ancient cultural cornerstone.
The event runs from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, with food and drink at a reception immediately afterwards running till 10:00 PM. Tickets are $25. It'll be held at Merkin Hall, 129 W. 67th Street New York, NY 10023.
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