Peterborough Unitarians celebrate winter solstice
Fairies in the Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church's Winter Pageant on Sunday morning sing “Joy to the World.” Pictured are Holly Gordon, 7, of Keene and Forrest Beaudoin-Friede, 17, of Temple. (Meghan Pierce/Union Leader Correspondent)
In some years the pageant has embraced and intertwined several winter holiday stories from Christmas to Hanukah to Diwali, the Hindu festival of light.
"We always have a blast putting the pageant together," Beaudoin said. "In general we draw from the winter solstice traditional stories. …We do that because the story of the return of the light is cross-cultural and cross-global."
The pageant starts in the dark, narrated by Rob Eichler, "The Sun King is very weary and diminishing."
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