Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is encouraging residents to bundle up and experience the Public Gardens under the Winter Solstice sky this Sunday, Dec. 21.
The Winter Solstice is an astronomical phenomenon marking the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Interpretation of this day varies from culture to culture, but many recognize it as a time of rebirth, involving holidays, festivals, gatherings, rituals or other celebrations.
The Public Gardens are typically closed this time of year but when the weather cooperates, this beautiful public space opens for daily visits and special events, like this first ever Winter Solstice celebration.
Visitors are invited to drop by the Gardens between 5 and 9 p.m. on Sunday to see the subtle holiday lighting and natural decorations around Horticulture Hall and the bandstand. Visitors should enter through the Spring Garden Road gate, behind Horticulture Hall.
This event is weather dependent. If the forecast looks bad, residents are asked to call 311 to confirm whether the Gardens will be open. For more information on the Public Gardens, visit http://www.halifax.ca/publicgardens/.