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Old Sol Masks

The sun is the source of Earth's warmth and holds a prominent place in folk art and mask art subjects. Some of these sun images are based upon folk art motifs that have been handed down from mother to daughter for centuries. Make sun-filled paper masks for children to enhance spring and summer celebrations for events such as the Sun God Festival, Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) and First Day of Summer, as winter finally loosens its grip and lets the warm sunshine through.

for the summer vacation romp away from home. Take these sunshine prints to the family picnic outing for the kids to color and wear.

Sunny Solar Face Masks

Sun Symbols

Celestial objects such as the sun, moon and stars may hold great religious and spiritual significance and frequently appear in folk and peasant art.

The sun is earth's source of light and warmth. Many cultures considered the sun as a god or deity and a symbol of power.

All sun solar symbols include variations of the circle. Circles represent continuity and the changes in nature such as the four seasons; winter, spring, summer and fall, day and night, life and death. Spiritual attributes of the sun include the symbol of life, good fortune, personal growth. Star attributes include new birth, happiness, prosperity and good fortune.

Sun Facts

What is the Sun?

The Sun is perfectly round main sequence star, a yellow dwarf star. It is made up mostly of hydrogen, a light gas and helium a heavier gas, that produces nuclear fusion. Nuclear fusion happens when two lighter atomic nuclei combine or 'fuse' together to produce an atomic nucleus.

Size of the Sun

Our sun is not the biggest star, but it is larger than most known suns in the universe. The diameter of the sun is about 1.4 million kilometers or 870,000 miles through the middle. It is so large that one million of our Earths could fit inside the sun.


It takes eight minutes for light to reach the planet Earth from the Sun. The Earth is about 150 million kilometers (km) or 93,000,000 miles away from the sun. Light travels at 300,000 km per second (186,411 miles per second)

How Old is Old Sol?

The Sun is 4.5 billion years old and entering middle age. Old Sol has burned off around half of its hydrogen stores, but has enough energy left to continue burning for another 5 billion years.

Origin of the Name: Old Sol

The common name for the sun comes from ancient Roman belief that god was the Sun, therefore, the name Sol Invictus, means “Unconquered Sun. The term 'solar system' literally means system of the Sun.