Light. Darkness. Light.
Past. Present. Future.
Humanity. Science. Civilization.
The Secular Solstice is a singalong event, telling the story of the first hunter-gatherers who looked up at the sky and wondered when sun would return. It's a new holiday, for the 21st century, featuring old familiar favorites together like "Here Comes The Sun" and Monty Python's "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life", and new solstice songs written just for the occasion like "Here and Now", and "Brighter Than Today."
Along the way, we'll journey through the darkness, confronting the difficult challenges that lie ahead of our species, looking forward to the future we can build together.
Children are welcome. The first half of the program is roughly rated "PG" and the second half is "PG-13". During the second half of the ceremony (which is a bit more serious and adult-focused), there'll be activities for them in the reception area.
Each year we examine a particular hardship humanity has faced in the world, and the story of how we've overcome it. This year, we'll be telling the story of smallpox - a disease that once killed 500 million people, but which countries around the world worked together to eradicate.
5:00 PM - Opening reception. You'll be given a light, led through the darkness into a festive hall of people gathered from all over the east coast.
6:00 PM - Ceremony begins. Two hours of guest speakers and singalong songs, telling the story of human history.
7:00 PM - Young children and people who aren't in the mood to deal with sad things return to the social hall for more fun and merriment. People interested in singing in the darkness together, confronting potentially challenging aspects of the world, are welcome to remain in the auditorium for the second half of the ceremony.
8:00 PM - Everyone returns to the social hall for the afterparty.
10:00 PM - Closing