tirsdag 21. desember 2010

SUNTURN- The winter solstice/ «Vintersolverv»

The winter solstice occurs exactly when the Earth's axial tilt is farthest away from the sun at its maximum of 23° 26'. Though the winter solstice lasts only a moment in time, the term is also a turning point to midwinter or the first day of winter to refer to the day on which it occurs. More evident to those in high latitudes, this occurs on the shortest day, and longest night, and the sun's daily maximum position in the sky is the lowest. 
Depending on the shift of the calendar, the winter solstice occurs on December 21 or 22 each year in the Northern Hemisphere, and June 20 or 21 in the Southern Hemisphere. This year it is on Descember 21.
In Scandinavia was the ancient calendar, «Primstaven» marked with a sun. On this day it was told, you should not work with anything round in form or neither should you bake. 
The Christmas beer should also be finnished before the December 22 or else you could get «Solverv» in it! 
Nøgne Ø Sunturnbrew is brewed on the shortest and darkest day of the year. While most people think differently, Norwegians are convinced that the sun turns and actually changes direction on every December 21st.  We at Nøgne Ø want to pay tribute to this rather stubborn idea by making a sunturnbrew.  It is brewed at the same time as the sun changes direction. This brew is for the changing direction of the sun, the change of mind and the change of perception. Don’t fight it. Turn with it! 

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