This is kinda cool. The Pennsport Civic Association sent out a notice about a winter solstice celebration this weekend at Dickinson Square Park, Moyamensing and Tasker.
On Sunday Dec. 22 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., “We will move in and out of silence and sound, dark and light,” the civic said in an email. “We will share words, a silent candlelight procession and gather around the fire for a release ritual.”
The solstice, of course, has the least daylight of the year, and it has spawned countless spiritual celebrations throughout the ages around the world. Never pegged the Pennsport civic for witches (kidding, kidding).
New this year is a sage-smudging ceremony upon entering the Parsons building “to help participants transition into the quiet. We ask you to enter the building in silence.”
Despite our callous witch remark, the civic notes that event is “not rooted in any particular spiritual/faith/cultural tradition and is intended to offer all who gather the opportunity to honor both the dark and light of this winter season, take a breath, relax and reflect in the company of others.” It also may be organized by the Friends of Dickinson Square Park.
Just bring a tapered candle if you have one and warm clothes since the event will be out in the park and inside the Parsons building, where you should meet at 7:30.