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what is the difference of winter solstice and yule?

is it the dates or what? can someone please explain this to me thanks

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 7:23 PM on Oct. 28, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Solstice is related directly to the solar cycle. It occurs at the exact moment the sun and earth are the furthest apart they can be. Yule stretches over a period of about 10-12 days. Some people tie Yule into the solstice, but traditionally it occurred a little later than that, based on the lunar calendar.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 7:28 PM on Oct. 28, 2009

  • thanks, then when is Yule?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:38 PM on Oct. 28, 2009

  • Okay. Nov 16? I was just asking because i thought yule was in Dec.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:46 PM on Oct. 28, 2009

  • Nope, December, and actually, I just checked and I read that wrong - it's Dec 31st. The 16th is the new moon - the calendar was backwards to the one I use.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 7:47 PM on Oct. 28, 2009

  • Oh okay thanks. so dec 31st is Yule.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:07 PM on Oct. 28, 2009

  • This site has an excellent article on Yule
    http://www.tylwythteg.com/Yule.html
    SophiaofLight

    Answer by SophiaofLight at 8:19 PM on Oct. 28, 2009

  • Yule is usually Dec. 20 or 21 and this yr it's Dec. 21 and some celebrate for 10 days ending on the 31st. Yule and the Winter Solstice are both on the same day.


    Here is some history about Yule...
    http://www.wicca.com/celtic/akasha/yule.htm


     

    gmasboy

    Answer by gmasboy at 8:38 PM on Oct. 28, 2009

  • They tend to be on the same day however some celebrate Yule for 10 or 12 days starting on the solctice. This year they are Dec 21. Some celebrate it on Dec. 25 to make things easy.


    I didn't read the link the gmasboy provided although I'm sure it's great. But here are a few that I tend to refer people to...
    http://paganspath.com/magik/celtic/yule.htm  <--This one is the "textbook" info
    http://www.netglimse.com/holidays/yule/index.shtml <--This one has everything from explanations to dinner ideas.

    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 10:24 AM on Oct. 29, 2009

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