Early this morning, hundreds of people gathered at Newgrange in Co. Meath to mark the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. On the days around the solstice, between the 19th and the 23rd of December, the light from the rising sun shines straight into the inner chamber at Newgrange, as it has done since the passage grave was first constructed about 5000 years ago. It was cloudy this morning however, so there wasn’t much to see, but the solstice falls on the 22nd of December this year, so hopefully tomorrow, the clouds will stay back and allow the light of the Sun to reach into the ceremonial chamber and illuminate the mysterious symbols carved into its stone walls.
Unfortunately the knowledge and understanding of those who constructed this monument is lost in the mists of time but we do know that after tomorrow, the days will grow longer…
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