“The winter solstice has always been special to me as a barren darkness that gives birth to a verdant future beyond imagination, a time of pain and withdrawal that produces something joyfully inconceivable.” ― Gary Zukav
This morning, at 5:02am EST, was the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. Marking the official start of winter, the solstice is the shortest day and longest night of the entire year. “So what does that mean, exactly?” The Farmer’s Almanac asks. “Upon the winter solstice, the Sun appears at its lowest in the sky, and its noontime elevation seems to stay the same for several days before and after this day. The Sun’s gradual decrease in the sky reverses upon the winter solstice, marking what many cultures believe to be a ‘rebirth’ of the Sun as the hours of daylight become longer.” In honor of this day, this week we explore the Winter Solstice celebrations of cultures across the world.
The Fiesta de Santo Tomás of Chichicastenango – Guatemala
Winter Solstice Lantern Festival – Canada
Don Zhi – China
Winter Solstice Gathering at Stonehenge – United Kingdom
St. Lucia’s Day – Sweden, Norway, and Finland
In Alabama: “Beautiful Things,” from The Journal archives
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The Factory Store will be open tomorrow and Wednesday from 10am – 5pm for holiday shopping. It will be closed, along with the Alabama Chanin offices, on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Monday by appointment only
Tuesday – Friday | 10am – 5pm (Closed this Thursday and Friday)
Saturday and Sunday | Closed
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462 Lane Drive
Florence, Alabama 35630
Contact our store team:
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Please note: Due to COVID, guests are required to wear face masks throughout the duration of their time at The Factory and we have masks available, if needed. Until further notice, we will be checking temperatures for all guests, team members, and anyone entering The Factory. Should you have any questions about our safety procedures, please reach out during our store hours.