Woman holding animal skull
Winter solstice marks the longest night of the year followed by the gradual triumph of light over dark as the daylight once again increases.
In ancient times survival depended on the awareness of seasonal cycles. The first day of winter is marked with complex ceremonies and observances. These celebrations symbolize the opportunity for renewal and hope.
Many of the ancient symbols and ceremonies of the winter solstice live on today or have been incorporated into newer traditions. 

 

logs piles up for bonfire
large bonfire with onlookers

Search for the mysterious blossoming fern in the moonlight.

Sveiki!

I’m Karo, a jewellery designer + metalsmith inspired by women’s history, ancient Baltic/Nordic cultures, and the cosmos.

Man finds deer antlers for animal costume
Man finds deer antlers for animal costume

Mummering

Groups of people defy the cold weather and go from house to house disguised as animals. They sing songs and recite rhymes to frighten and vanquish evil spirits. In exchange, they receive food and drink from a thankful homeowner. This is the precursor to modern-day Carolers.

The Yule Log

On the day of Solstice, while waiting for the longest night of the year, people drag logs through the streets and bring them to a common pyre, where they are set afire. This is done to collect any negative energy and misfortunes of the year and vanquish them by fire.

 Oh, Christmas Tree

In Latvia, the custom of adorning buildings with firs and pine boughs further decorated with feathers, dry leaves/fruits and colourful threads leads us to our present-day tradition of the fully decorated Christmas Tree.

Summer Solstice Ring and Bracelet

Inspired by the connection between nature and spirit I created these pieces that echo the feeling of Jāni.

Handmade daisy lampwork beads adorn the verdigris squares like fields of daisies waiting to be plucked and woven into crowns.

Wear a wreath of flowers and celebrate Summer Solstice

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