While the Summer Solstice marks the longest day of the year, the Winter Solstice marks the shortest day. Also known as the Winter Equinox, the solstice is an astrological event that has been observed, celebrated, and marked by many cultures and peoples dating as far back as the Neolithic period. Solstice celebrations are common in many parts of the world, from Asia to South America, and across many cultural traditions with different meanings and significances. For many First Nations people, the Winter Solstice is part of the timeless cycle of the natural world, signaling the approach of longer days and warmer weather. Many spend the day in ceremony and prayer, feasting with family and community, and reflecting on the year that has passed while looking ahead.