Winter Solstice 2023

The winter solstice is an important time of the year marked by ancient cultures worldwide. Sophisticated megalithic monuments built by these cultures accurately recorded this alignment and can still be witnessed in temples today. The winter solstice marks the shortest day and longest night of the annual cycle, and it is a turning point of the year. It is celebrated with festivities, celebrations, fire ceremonies, and dances, signaling the beginning of a new cycle. Seven remarkable ancient sites aligned to the winter solstice are listed in this article, including Karahan Tepe in Turkey, Gavrinis in France, Mnajdra and Ħaġar Qim Temples in Malta, Newgrange in Ireland, Stonehenge in the UK, Karnak in Egypt, and Chaco Canyon in the US.