Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | December 19, 2012

Holidays Across Cultures

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Today is Soyal, a Zuni and Hopi Indian celebration of Winter Solstice.  It starts a 16-day festival.  Soyal is a ritual to persuade the sun to turn around and come back with its life-giving light and heat.  People gather in a kiva, an underground room entered by descending a ladder, and build altars made of corn.  There is a sense of beginning a new year, and the ceremonies end with a festival marked by Kachina dances.

Here’s the inside of an ancient kiva:

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