|Stonehenge Solstice Sun|
Two gates align with sunrise and suneset at the Goseck Germany site, below and above.
Closer to the equator, where there is a less pronounced difference in the daylight, both Peru and Mexico have ancient sites where the sun is significant, one a convergence of stone lines pointing towards an adobe pyramid in Peru, the other a hole in a stone wall in Tulum.
In Iran, they have a celebration, Yalda, dating back to the early religion of Mithras dating back centuries. People gather together, eat fruit, especially pomegranates, and ask questions, randomly opening books of the poetry of a 14th century poet, Hafez. Supposedly the answer to the question can be found on the pages to which the book opens. People stay up all night, and celebrate sunrise as the triumph of good over evil, specifically as represented by the sun god Mithras, a first century B.C. deity.
Or, there's the boomer version of celebrating the return of the sun, LOL.