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Winter Solstice Quiz

How much do you know about the ancient traditions of the Winter Solstice? Many of which we still practice today! 8 Questions.

 
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1

The Romans honored the Winter Solstice with a festival called Saturnalia. During this celebration:

  • Slaves ate with their masters.
  • The practice of giving presents under trees began.
  • Animals were sacrificed to appease Saturn, the god of light.

2

The Scandinavian barbarians held a festival called Jiuleis to celebrate the solstice. Can you guess what popular custom came from this feast?

  • The Julienne method of preparing meat.
  • Serving egg nog, a Scandinavian beverage.
  • The burning of the Yule Log.

3

Did you know that many of the ancient ruins we visit were built to celebrate solstices? Which of the following temples honors the Winter Solstice?

  • Stonehenge in England.
  • Chichen-Itza in Mexico.
  • Newgrange in Ireland.

4

In Norse mythology, Balder, the god of the summer sun, was killed by an arrow made of a now popular Christmas leaf. Which one was it?

  • Poinsettia.
  • Mistletoe.
  • Pine needle.

5

Many of the traditions associated with Christmas actually come from the pagan worship of the Winter Solstice. Which of the following festivals involves the custom of giving presents?

  • Sigillaria, the Roman holiday after Saturnalia.
  • Dies Natalis Invicti Solis, The Birthday of the Unconquered Sun.
  • Festivus de Libertas, The Festival of the Liberated Sun.

6

When is the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere?

  • December 1.
  • Between December 21 and 23
  • January 3.

7

Which place on earth receives the longest period of daylight on December 21?

  • The north pole.
  • The south pole.
  • All points along the equator.

8

The seasons are caused by:

  • The elliptical shape of the earth's orbit around the sun.
  • The changing direction of the earth's rotation on its axis.
  • The tilt of the earth's rotational axis.

 

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