Traditions in the stars: Planetarium features two new holiday programs
By Cassie Lennox
The Star of Bethlehem, otherwise known as the Christmas Star, is a holiday icon for many religions and cultures, but what astronomical event occurred that so many figures and religions noticed this one particular star?
What about other holiday traditions, like kissing under the mistletoe and gift giving, where did they come from? If they originated throughout the world, they must be interconnected somehow, right?
These are a few of the many questions explored in the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) Allen F. Blocher Planetarium’s new holiday programs, “Winter Wonders” and “Season of Light.”
The two programs will be shown on Sundays, Dec. 3, 10 and 17, with “Winter Wonders” beginning at 2 p.m. and “Season of Light” immediately following at 3:15 p.m.
“We are relating the astronomical events to cultural events over the holidays and winter solstice,” said Sebastian Zamfir, director at the Allen F. Blocher Planetarium. “That’s really the common ground for both shows.”
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