It’s amazing what can happen in a year.
Originally posted on WordPress.com News:
13,704,819 new blogs in 2013
That’s a 36% increase from 2012, during which you created 10 million new blogs.
489,281,136 posts in 2013
That’s 12 times the number of books in the Library of Congress!
667,675,929 comments in 2013
That’s an average of 21 comments per second for the entire year.
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Happy Solstice! While the exact time of the solstice slightly differs this year, I wanted to share this post my dad wrote last year.
Originally posted on Mr. Cowles:
6:12 am December 21, 2012, marks the Winter Solstice, the shortest day in the northern hemisphere. Hours of daylight increase following the solstice as the sun begins its return journey toward summer. To celebrate, many ancient cultures engaged in rituals and festivals of light. In the northern hemisphere, the December solstice occurs during the coldest season of the year. Although winter was regarded as the season of darkness and cold, the coming of lighter days after the winter solstice brought on a more festive mood. To many people, this return of the light was a reason to celebrate. Nature’s cycle was continuing. There are more ceremonies and rituals associated with the winter solstice than any other time of year.
Thousands of years ago, the Roman culture celebrated Saturnalia, its major festival, on the Winter Solstice. When Julius Caesar instituted a new calendar in 46BC, the festival fell on December 25th. The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336AD during the Roman Emperor Constantine’s reign. Shortly afterwards Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on December 25th ,seeking to replace pagan traditions with Christian ones. In fact, many Christmas traditions, including yule logs ,decorating with candles and lights, evergreen trees, and mistletoe predate Christianity by thousands of years.
In addition to the solstice and Christmas, other festivals and celebrations are held in December. The Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah. Some African and African Americans celebrate the festival of Kwanzaa. Many Native Americans observe winter solstice rites to honor their ancestors and offer prayers of gratitude. The Chinese celebrate Dongzhi and Buddhists have Bodhi Day. The Celts have Boxing Day and Mummers’ Day, and there’s the Slavic festival of Koleda. No matter what our spiritual beliefs, or what part of the world we live in, we all share the turning of the sun on the solstices.
Last week, Core Happiness’ Jetpack Squad met up with the Jetpack Pit Crew in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was a busy week, full of work and fun. We got a lot done, and also managed to see some of the sites. One of those sites was Castillo San Felipe del Morro, a 16th-century citadel that is part of the San Juan National Historic Site.