"It takes the edge off the frustrating things about this season," explains Marilyn Megenity of the Mercury Cafe. "The rituals are really uplifting, and people laugh and smile."
Tonight's celebration kicks off at 8 p.m. at the Merc, 2199 California Street, and will include a ritual wherein participants will be encouraged to write down anything they don't wish to carry with them into the light, plus music by Celtic rockers Tuatha and traditional seasonal dances. "Something about marking the cycles of the year symbolically worked for humans on a really deep level," adds Shesso. "To mark the return of the sunlight and the shift of the seasons seems to link us back to the earth in a really cathartic way."
The celebration costs $13 and is open to all faiths and ages; call 303-294-9258 or visit www.mercurycafe.com.
Sat., Dec. 17, 8 p.m., 2011