The Winter Solstice arrived yesterday. It is the time of the longest night and the shortest day of the year. In Toronto it’s cause for a bit of a celebration.
The city held an evening parade that began in Little Italy and moved along College Street to Chinatown on Spadina Avenue. It was a procession complete with lanterns to shield us from the night, I suppose.
The festivities wound up in the ethnically diverse Kensington Market where streets were closed to vehicular traffic and a pedestrian mall took over.
The hostel made a small “event” out of the solstice and took along several of our residents to watch the parade and participate in the street fair.
I suppose that the city NEEDS excuses for celebrations during our long and chilly winters. But the beauty of it is, we find them!