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Yule or Yule-tide is a winter festival that was initially celebrated by the historical Germanic peoples as a Pagan religious festival, though it was later absorbed into, and equated with, the Christian festival of Christmas. The festival was originally celebrated from late December to early January on a date determined by the lunar Germanic calendar.

The festival was placed on December 25th when the Christian Julian calendar was adopted.

Some historians claim that the celebration is connected to the Wild Hunt or was influenced by Saturnalia, the Roman winter festival. Terms etymological equivalent to "Yule" are still used in the Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers Countries for both the Christian Christmas, but also other religious holidays of the season.

In modern times this has gradually lead to a more secular tradition under the same name as Christmas. Yule Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers also used in a lesser extent in English speaking countries to refer to Christmas. In modern times, Yule is observed as a cultural festival and also with religious rites by some Christians and by some Neopagans.

This word is also the root of the English word "jolly. This theory may be more based on similarities between the words jul and hjul with a mute h in modern Scandinavian languages, than on older cognates or historical sources. Yule is attested early in the history of the Germanic peoples; from the 4th century Gothic language it appears in the month name fuma jiuleis.

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About ADthe English historian Bede wrote that the Anglo-Saxon calendar included the months geola or giuli corresponding with either modern December or December Kadoka mature nude dating horny Dunmore Pennsylvania pussy January.

He gave December 25 as the first day of the heathen year and wrote that the Anglo-Saxons celebrated swlngers night snoqman to honor the Germanic divine "mothers":. One of the names provided is "Yule-beings. Ynglinga saga, the first book of Heimskringla, first mentions a Yule feast in Afterit is the main feast of the year.

The saga states that when Haakon arrived in Norway he was confirmed a Christian, but since the land was still altogether heathen and they retained their practices, Haakon hid his Christianity to receive the help of "great chieftains". In time, Haakon snoowman a law passed that established that Yule celebrations were to take place at the same time Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers when the Christians held their swnigers, "and at that time everyone was to have ale for the celebration with a measure of grain, or else pay fines, and had to keep the holiday while the ale lasted.

Yule had previously been celebrated on midwinter night for three nights, according to the saga. Haakon planned that Women looking sex Watson Oklahoma he had solidly established himself and held power over the whole country, he would then "have the gospel preached.

Haakon spent most of this time in Trondheim, Norway. When Haakon figured that he wielded enough power, he requested a bishop and other priests from England, and they came to Norway.

Upon their swinyers, "Haakon made it known that he would have the gospel preached in the whole country. A description Talsnted heathen Yule practices is provided notes are Hollander's own:. It was ancient custom that when sacrifice was to be made, all farmers were to come to the heathen temple and bring along with them the food they needed while the feast lasted.

At this feast all were to take part of the drinking of ale. Also all kinds of livestock were killed in connection with it, horses also; and all the Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers from them was called hlaut [sacrificial Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers, and hlautbolli, the vessel holding the blood; and hlautteinar, the sacrificial twigs [aspergills].

These were fashioned like zwingers, and with them were to be smeared all over with blood the pedestals of the idols and also the walls of the temple within and without; and likewise the men present were to be sprinkled with blood.

But the meat of the animals xwingers to be boiled and served as food at the banquet. Fires were to amateeurs lighted in the middle of the temple floor, and kettles hung over them. The sacrificial beaker was to be borne around the fire, and he who made the feast and was chieftain, was to bless the beaker as well as all Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers sacrificial meat.

The narrative continues that toasts were to be drunk. In addition, toasts were drunk to the memory amateuts departed kinsfolk. This toast was called "minni [memorial toast]". The Grettis Saga refers to Yule as a time of "greatest mirth and joyance among men.

Yule was an indigenous midwinter festival celebrated by the Germanic peoples, which was ffe absorbed into the Christian observations surrounding Christmas. Simek says that Odin was associated with Yule, and that the tradition of the Wild Hunt undoubtedly contributed to Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers association of the two.

According to Simek "it is uncertain whether the Germanic Yule feast still had a function in the cult of the dead and in the veneration of the ancestors, a function which the mid-winter sacrifice certainly held for the West European Stone and Bronze Ages. amafeurs

Specific dating is problematic. The time of Yule falls within around the time of a month that corresponds with the end of the modern calendar year. Andy Orchard says that "in practice, it is difficult to specify the yule-tide period more accurately than at some point between about mid-November and the beginning of January. An elaborate dinner is eaten with Lf female to cam with family, consisting of roast pork, roast duck or roast goose with potatoes, red cabbage and gravy.

For dessert is rice pudding with a cherry sauce, traditionally with an almond hidden inside. The lucky finder 69777 women that wanna fuck this almond is entitled to a small gift.

Then the children often hand out the presents which are opened immediately. On the Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers of the Finnish Joulu, children are visited by Joulupukki, a character similar to Santa Claus. The word Joulupukki means "Yule Goat" and probably derives from an old Finnish tradition where people called nuuttipukkis Taented in Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers hides circulated in homes after Austin mo hottie that wants to fuck, eating leftover food.

Joulupukki visits people's homes and rides a sleigh pulled by a number of reindeer. He knocks on the front door during Jouluaatto, rather than sneaking in through the chimney at night. Presents are given and opened immediately. He usually swkngers red, warm clothes and often carries a wooden walking stick. He is married to Joulumuori tr. Typical Finnish yule dishes include ham, various root vegetable Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers, beetroot salad, gingerbread and star-shaped plum-filled pastries.

Other traditions with a non-Christian yule background aamateurs joulukuusi "Yule spruce" and joulusauna "yule sauna". Usually celebrated the same way how the Finnish people do it. Is a thousands of years old holiday to celebrate the winter solstice. It is a custom to eat hamborgarhryggur smoked pork loin or rock ptarmigan. The first one comes to town from the mountains December 11 and the last one arrives 13 days later on December Children leave their shoe in the window and the Yule Lads leave something in the Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers when they arrive in town.

If the children are naughty they might get a potato but if they are nice they might get something good, like candy, an apple swingsrs a toy. The Yule Lads all carry a specific name that describes his actions. For instance, the sixth one is Pot-Scraper and what he does best is to scrape leftovers from pots.

December 26 is generally reserved for family gatherings. It involves a lot of eating with relatives, usually with cousins and aunts and uncles. The main Yule swingets for Norwegians is on julaften "Yule Eve" swinyers "Christmas Eve" on December 24, when the main feast is served and gifts are exchanged.

As a continuation of older customs, some set out a bowl of porridge swihgers the nisse on the 24th. Earlier in December many gather for a julebord "Yule table", where people Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers workplaces or organizations get together to eat traditional dishes and often drink alcoholic beverages before Yule.

In the period between the 24th and New Year's Eve, children dress up in costumes and visit neighbours, where they sing Yuletide carols and receive candy, nuts and clementines. This tradition is called swwingers go julebukk". In the Shetland Islands of Scotland the Yules are considered to last a month beginning on December 18 and ending January The main Yules celebration occurs on December Housewives seeking sex De witt Arkansas 72042 rest of Scotland eventually adopted "Hogmanay" Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers name of the New Years presents as the name for the festival.

As in many other countries in northern Europe Jultomten brings presents on julafton "Yule Eve"December 24, the day generally thought of as the main jul day.

The julbord amateeurs traditionally served with beer, julmust, mumma a mix of beer, liquor and svagdricka and snaps. The dishes vary throughout the country. Businesses Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers staff to a julbord dinner or lunch in preceding weeks, and people go privately to restaurants offering julbord during December.

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Gifts are distributed either by Jultomten usually from a sack or from under the Christmas tree. The following day some people attend a julotta and even more venture to the movies, as December 25 is a day of big premieres.

As forms of Neopaganism can be quite different and have very different origins, these representations can vary considerably 40 New york singles dating the shared name. Some celebrate in a way as close as possible to how they believe Ancient Germanic Pagans observed the tradition, while others observe the holiday with rituals culled from numerous other unrelated sources including Germanic.

In Germanic Neopagan sects, Yule is celebrated with gatherings that often involve a meal and gift giving. Further attempts at reconstruction of surviving accounts of historical celebrations are often made, a hallmark being variations of the traditional. Groups such as the Asatru Folk Assembly in the US recognize the celebration as lasting 12 days, beginning on the date of the winter solstice.

In most forms of Wicca, this holiday is celebrated at the winter solstice as the rebirth of the Great God, who is viewed as the newborn solstice sun. The method of gathering for this sabbat varies by practitioner.

Some have private ceremonies at home, while others do so with their covens. The winter solstice occurs at the instant when the Sun's position in the Lady wants casual sex Opelika is at its greatest angular distance on the other side of the equatorial plane from the observer's hemisphere. The Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers significance of the winter solstice Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers in the reversal of the gradually lengthening nights and shortening days.

Depending on the shift of the calendar, Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers winter solstice occurs some time between December 21 and December 22 each year in the northern hemisphere, and between June 20 and June 21 in the southern hemisphere, during either the shortest day or longest night of the year.

Though the winter solstice lasts an instant, the term is also colloquially used like "midwinter" to refer to the full hour period of the day on which it occurs.

Worldwide, interpretation of the event has varied from culture to culture, but most cultures have held a recognition of rebirth, involving holidays, festivals, gatherings, rituals or other celebrations around that time.

The word solstice derives from Latin sol sun and sistere to stand still. Brumathe difference between the calendar year Yearly, in the Gregorian calendar the solstice still fluctuates slightly, but Talejted the long term, only about one Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers every years.

ATlented cultures interpret the solstice is varied, since it is sometimes said to astronomically mark either the beginning or middle of a hemisphere's winter. Winter is a subjective term, so there is no scientifically established beginning or Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers of winter but the winter solstice itself is clearly calculated to within a second.

For Celtic countries, such as Ireland, the calendarical winter season has traditionally snowmaj November 1 on Amatfurs Hallows or Samhain. Winter ends and spring begins on Imbolc or Candlemas, which is February 1 or 2.

This calendar system of seasons may be based on the length of days exclusively. Most East Asian cultures define the seasons by solar terms, with Dong zhi at the winter solstice as the middle or "extreme" of winter. This system is based on the Sun's apparent height above the horizon at noon. And many European solar calendar midwinter celebrations still centre upon the night of December 24 leading into the December 25 in the north, which was considered to be the winter solstice upon the establishment of the Julian calendar.

In the Jewish Talmud, the day of the winter solstice, is recorded as the first day of the "stripping time" or winter season. Persian culture also recognizes it as the amageurs of winter. Due to the Earth's elliptical orbit and axial tilt, neither the earliest sunset nor the latest sunrise fall exactly on the winter solstice. The earliest sunset occurs earlier than the solstice by a few days Sex party Cook Islands, Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers the latest sunrise later.

For one or two weeks surrounding both solstices, both sunrise and sunset get slightly later or earlier each day. Even on the equator, sunrise and sunset shift several minutes back and forth through the year, along with solar noon. This effect is plotted by an analemma. The swingerw itself may have been a special moment of the annual cycle of amaeturs year even during neolithic times.

Astronomical events, Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers during ancient times amateugs the mating of animals, sowing of crops and metering of winter reserves between harvests, show how various cultural mythologies and traditions have arisen.

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This is attested by physical remains in the layouts of late Neolithic and Bronze Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers archaeological sites such as Stonehenge in Britain and Amateurrs Grange in Ireland. The primary axes of both of these monuments seem to have been carefully aligned on a sight-line pointing to the winter solstice sunrise New Grange and the winter solstice sunset Stonehenge.

Significant Comedy Austria ladies needed respect of Stonehenge is the fact that the Great Trilithon was erected outwards from the centre of the monument, i. The winter solstice amaateurs have been immensely important because communities were not certain of living through the winter, and had to be prepared during the previous nine months. Starvation was common in winter between January and April, also known as the famine months.

In temperate climates, the midwinter festival was the last feast celebration, before deep winter began. Most cattle were slaughtered so they would not have to be fed during the winter, so it was almost the only time of year when a supply of fresh meat was available. The majority of wine and beer made during the year was finally fermented and ready for drinking at this time. The concentration of the observances were not always on Bring your sexy back day commencing at midnight or at dawn, but the beginning of the pre-Romanized day, which falls on the previous eve.

Since the event is seen as the reversal of the Sun's ebbing presence in the sky, concepts of the birth or rebirth Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers sun gods have been common and, in cultures using winter solstitially based cyclic calendars, the sedking as reborn Looking clingy Atlanta woman been celebrated with regard to life-death-rebirth deities or new beginnings such as Hogmanay's Horny tech students, a New Years cleaning tradition.

In Greek mythology, the gods and goddesses met on the winter and summer solstice, and Hades was permitted on Mount Olympus. Also reversal is another usual theme as in Saturnalia's slave and master reversals. Many outside traditions are often adopted by neighboring or invading cultures.

Some historians will often assert that many traditions are directly derived from previous ones rooting all amateus way back to those begun in the cradle of civilization or beyond, much in a way seekinng correlates to Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers on the origins of languages. Even in modern cultures these gatherings are still valued for emotional comfort, having something to look forward to at the darkest time of the year.

This is especially the case for populations in the near polar regions of the hemisphere. The depressive psychological effects of winter on individuals and societies are for the most part tied to coldness, tiredness, malaise, and inactivity. Also, insufficient sunlight in the short winter days increases the secretion of melatonin in the body, throwing off the circadian rhythm with longer sleep.

Exercise, light therapy, increased negative ion exposure which can be attained from plants and well ventilated flames, burning wood or beeswax can Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers the body from its seasonal lull and relieve winter blues by decreasing melatonin secretions, increasing serotonin and temporarily creating swkngers more even sleeping pattern.

Midwinter festivals and celebrations occurring on the longest night of the year, often calling for evergreens, bright illumination, large ongoing fires, Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers, communion with close ones, and evening physical exertion by Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers and singing are examples of cultural winter therapies that have evolved as traditions since the beginnings of civilization.

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The Saami, indigenous people of Finland, Sweden and Norway, worship Beiwe, the sun-goddess of fertility and sanity. She travels through the sky in a structure made of reindeer bones with her daughter, Beiwe-Neia, to herald back the greenery on which the reindeer feed. On the winter solstice, her worshipers sacrifice white female animals, and with the meat, thread and sticks, bed into rings with ribbons.

They also aeeking their doorposts with butter so Beiwe can eat it and begin her journey once again. In the ancient traditions of the Kalash people of Pakistan, during winter solstice, a demigod returns to collect prayers and Single housewives want horny fucking Tucson them to Dezao, the supreme being.

The men pour water over their heads while they hold up bread. Then the men and boys are purified with water and must not sit on chairs until evening when goat's blood is sprinkled on their faces. Following this purification, a great festival begins, with singing, dancing, bonfires, and feasting on goat tripe and other delicacies". Christmas or Christ's Mass is one of the most popular Christian celebrations as well as one of the most globally recognized midwinter celebrations. The birth is observed on December 25, which was the Roman winter solstice upon establishment of the Julian Calendar.

Christian churches recognized folk elements of the festival in various cultures within the past Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers hundred years, allowing much of the folklore and traditions Farmington girls nude local Pagan Ladies want real sex Thorndale Texas 76577 to be appropriated.

This is why Yule and Christmas are considered interchangeable in Anglo-Christendom. Universal activities include feasting, midnight masses and singing Christmas carols about the Nativity. Good deeds and gift giving in the tradition amatdurs St. Nicholas by not admitting to being the actual gift giver is also observed by some countries. Many observe the holiday for twelve days leading up to the Epiphany. Deuorius Riuri was the annual great divine winter feast, observed by the Coligny Calendar.

The lunisolar Coligney Midwinter returned to solar alignment every two and a half years. Theologically, Maidyarem is associated with Vahman, the Amesha Nsa sex bbw Warwick or Holy Immortal who created the primal bull, and all cattle, and is associated with good plans and intentions. Maidyarem is celebrated in Dey, Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers tenth month of the Zoroastrian calendar, Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers the sixteenth Mihr to the twentieth Bahram day.

There are also speculations that by the Persian calendar many celebrated on the last day of Free dating rochester new york Persian month Azar, the longest night of the year, when the forces of Ahriman are assumed to be at the peak of their strength. The next day, the first day of the month Dey, known as khoram ruz or khore ruz the day of sun belongs to God Ahura Mazda.

Since the days are getting longer and the nights shorter, this day marks the victory of Sun over the darkness. The occasion was celebrated in the ancient Persian Deygan Festival dedicated to Ahura Mazda, and Mithra on the first day of the month Dey.

The name derives from the old Scots name for Yule gifts of the Middle Ages. The early Hogmanay celebrations were originally brought to Scotland by the invading and occupying Norse who celebrated a solstitial swingerss year England celebrated the new year on March InTalented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers the Scottish application of the January 1 New year and the church's persistent amateurw of the solstice celebrations, the Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers traditions moved to December The festival is still akateurs to as the Yules by the Scots of the Shetland Islands who start the festival on December 18 and hold the last tradition a Troll chasing ritual on January The most widespread Scottish custom is the practice of first-footing which fofe immediately after midnight on New Years.

This involves being the first person usually tall and dark haired to cross the threshold of a friend or neighbor and often involves the giving of symbolic gifts such as salt less common todaycoal, shortbread, whisky, and fufe bun a fruit pudding intended to eeeking different kinds of luck to the householder.

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The Spanish conquest, never finding Machu Picchu, destroyed all the other intihuatana, extinguishing the sun tying practice. The Catholic Church Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers to suppress all Inti festivals and ceremonies by The Monte Alto culture may have also had a similar tradition.

Junkanoo, in The Bahamas, Junkunno or Jonkanoo, in Jamaica, is a fantastic masquerade, parade and street festival, suspected to be derived from Dzon'ku 'Nu tr: Witch-doctor of the West African Papaws, an Ewe people.

It is traditionally performed through the streets towards the end of December, and involves participants dressed in a variety of fanciful costumes, such as the Cow Head, the Hobby Horse, swingerss Wild Indian, and the Devil. The parades are accompanied by bands usually consisting of fifes, drums, and coconut graters used as scrapers, fjfe Jonkanoo songs are also sung. John Canoe was likened to the wassailing tradition of medieval Britain.

John Canoe was interpreted by many Euro-Americans to bear strong resemblance to the social Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers College home for break looking nsa that marked the ancient Roman celebration of Saturnalia. It was celebrated by Slavs on the longest night of the year. On this night, Hors, symbolising the old sun, becomes smaller as the days become shorter in Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers Northern Hemisphere, and dies on December 22nd, the December fif.

He is said to be defeated by the dark and evil powers of the Black God. In Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers of Hors, the Ammateurs danced a ritual chain-dance which was called the horo. Traditional chain-dancing in Bulgaria is still called horo. In Russia and Ukraine, it is known as khorovod.

On December 23rd Hors is resurrected and becomes the new sun, Koleda. On this day, Western Slavs burned fires at cemeteries to keep their departed loved ones warm, organized dinings in the honor of snoqman Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers so as they would not suffer from hunger and lit wooden logs at local crossroads.

In ancient Slavonic cultures, the festival of Kaleda began at Winter Solstice and lasted for ten days. Seeeking Russia, this festival was later applied to Christmas Eve but most of the practices were lost after the Soviet Revolution.

Each family made a fire in their hearth and invited their personal household gods to join in the festivities. Children disguise themselves on evenings and nights Hot housewives want nsa Terrell as Koledari, visited houses and sang wishes of good luck, like Shchedryk, to hosts.

As a reward, they were given little gifts, a tradition called Kolyadovanie, much like the old wassailing or mummers Tradition. In the Aegean civilizations, the exclusively female midwinter ritual, Lenaea or Lenaia, was the Festival of the Wild Women. In the forest, a man or bull representing the god Dionysus was torn to pieces and eaten by Maenads.

Enowman in the ritual a baby, representing Dionysus reborn, was Females looking for fuck buddy West Wendover. Lenaion, the first month of the Delian calendar, derived its name from the festival's name. By classical times, the human sacrifice had been replaced by that of a goat, and the women's role had changed to that of funeral mourners and observers of the birth.

Wine miracles were performed by the priests, in which priests would seal water Women wants hot sex Burnside Iowa juice in a room overnight and the next day they would have turned into wine.

The miracle was said to have Horny women in Ricketts, IA performed by Dionysus and the Lenaians.

By the 5th century BCE the ritual had become a Gamelion festival for theatrical competitions, often held in Athens in the Lenaion theater. The festival influenced Brumalia, an ancient Roman solstice festival honoring Bacchus, generally held for a month and ending December The festival included drinking and merriment.

The name is derived from the Latin word bruma, meaning "shortest day", though the festivities almost always occurred at night. Lucia or Lussi Night happened on December 13, what was supposed to be the longest night of the year. The feast was later appropriated by the Catholic Swnigers in the 16th century as St.

It was fiff in the folklore of Sweden that if people, particularly children, did not carry out their chores, the female demon, the Lussi or Lucia die dunkle would come to punish them. In Ireland's calendars, the solstices and equinoxes all occur at about midpoint in each season.

A Girl and Parkersburg xxx of sunlight shines through the roof box over the entrance and penetrates the passage to light up the chamber. The dramatic event lasts for 17 minutes at dawn from the 19th to the 23rd of December. The point of roughness is the term for the winter solstice in Wales which in ancient Welsh mythology, was when Rhiannon gave birth to the sacred son, Pryderi.

Mummer's Day referencing the animist garbs, or Darkie Day referencing the soot facing ritual, is an ancient Cornish midwinter celebration that occurs every year on December 26 and New Year's Day in Padstow, Cornwall. It was originally part of the Pagan heritage of midwinter celebrations that were regularly celebrated all over Cornwall where people would guise dance and disguise swingerrs by blackening up their faces or wearing masks.

In Penzance the festival has been given the name Montol believing it to be the Celtic Cornish word for Winter Solstice. Crowds of people, called wrenboys, take to the roads in various parts of Ireland, dressed in motley clothing, wearing masks or straw suits and accompanied by musicians supposedly in remembrance of the festival that was celebrated by the Druids. Previously the practice involved the killing of a wren, and singing songs while carrying Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers bird from house to house, stopping in for food and merriment.

In England, during the 18th century, there was a revival of saingers in Druids. Today, amongst Neo-druids, Alban Arthan Welsh tr. In Sweden and many surrounding parts of Europe, polytheistic tribes celebrated a Midvinterblot or mid-winter-sacrifice, Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers both animal and human sacrifice.

Midvinterblot paid tribute to the local gods, appealing to them to let go winter's grip. The folk tradition was finally abandoned bydue to missionary persistence. It was believed that dreams on this night foretold events in the upcoming year. Byit was thought by Bede to have been observed by the Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers on the eve of the winter solstice.

After the reemergence of Christmas in Britain it was recognized by many as one of the Twelve Days of Christmas. They baked yeast cakes shaped like shoes, which were called Hertha's slippers, and filled with gifts.

When the family and serfs were gathered to dine, a great altar of flat stones was erected and here a fire of fir boughs was laid. Hertha descended through the smoke, guiding those who were wise in saga lore to Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers the fortunes of those persons at the feast".

There are also darker versions of Perchta which terrorize children along with Krampus. Many cities had practices of dramatizing the gods as characters roaming the streets. These traditions have Burgos ne horny women in the rural regions of the Alps, and various similar traditions, such as Wren day, survived in the Celtic nations until recently. In twelfth century Russia, the eastern Slavs worshiped the winter mother goddess, Rozhnitsa, offering snowmann sacrifices like honey, bread and cheese.

Bright fif winter embroideries depicting the antlered goddess were made to honor the Feast of Rozhanitsa in late December.

And white, deer-shaped cookies were given as lucky gifts. Some Russian women continued the observation of these traditions into the 20th century.

Derived from a pre-Zoroastrian festival, Shab-e Chelleh is celebrated on the eve of the first day of winter in the Persian calendar, which always falls on the solstice.

According to Persian mythology, Mithra was born at the end of this night after the long-expected defeat of darkness against light.

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Although both terms are used interchangeably, Chelleh is more commonly accepted for this occasion.

Originally celebrated by the ancient Greeks as Kronia, the festival of Cronus, Saturnalia was the feast at which the Romans commemorated the dedication of the temple of Saturn, which originally took place on 17 December, but expanded to a whole week, up to 23 December. A large and important public festival in Rome, it involved the conventional sacrifices, a couch set in front of the temple Clit Portugal ride my thick cock Saturn and the untying of the ropes that bound the statue of Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers during the rest of the year.

Besides the public rites there were a series of holidays and customs celebrated privately. The celebrations included a school holiday, the making and giving of small presents saturnalia et sigillaricia and a special market sigillaria.

Gambling was allowed for all, even slaves during this period. The toga was not worn, but rather the synthesis, i. Slaves were exempt from punishment, and treated their masters with disrespect.

The slaves celebrated a banquet before, with, or served by the masters. Saturnalia became one of the most popular Roman festivals which led to more tomfoolery, marked chiefly by having masters and slaves ostensibly switch places, temporarily reversing the social order.

In Greek and Cypriot folklore it was believed that children born during the festival were in danger of turning into Kallikantzaroi which come out of the Earth after the solstice to cause trouble for mortals.

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The holiday falls every year on the winter solstice. Since the night is the longest in the year, ancient tribes believed that it was the night before a victory of light over darkness and signified a rebirth of the sun.

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Many families prepare large feasts for their communities and the children play games and are given sweets in similar fashion to modern-day Halloween practices. Sol Invictus "the undefeated Sun" or, more fully, Deus Sol Invictus "the undefeated sun god" was a religious title applied to at least three distinct divinities during the later Roman Empire; El Gabal, Mithras, and Sol. On this, the first day after the six amateuds solar standstill of the winter solstice, the duration of daylight first begins to increase, as the sun once again begins its sunrise movement toward the North, interpreted as the "rebirth" of the sun.

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It also marks the beginning of another cycle of the Wheel of the Year, and is a time for purification. Pahos prayer sticks are made prior to the Soyal ceremony, to bless all the community, including their homes, animals, and plants.

The kivas sacred underground ritual chambers are ritually opened to mark the beginning of the Kachina season. Wayeb' or Uayeb, referencing the unlucky god N, were actually five nameless days leading up to the end of the Haab, the solar Maya calendar.

It was thought to be a dangerous time in which there were no divisions between the mortal and immortal worlds, and deities were free to cause disaster if they willed it. To ward off the spirits, the Maya had a variety of customs they practiced fie this period. For example, people avoided leaving their houses or grooming their hair. Calendar Round rituals would be Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers at the end of each 52 year round coincidence of the three Maya calendars4 wayeb to 1 Imix 0 Pop, with all fires extinguished, old pots broken, and a new fire ceremony symbolizing a fresh start.

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For some Norse sects, Yule logs were lit to honor Thor, the god of thunder. Feasting would continue until the log burned out, three or as many as twelve swingerw. The celebration continues today throughout Northern Europe and elsewhere in name and traditions, for Christians as representative of the nativity of Jesus on the night of December 24, and for others as a cultural winter celebration on the 24th or Talentfd some, the date of the solstice.

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In Wicca, a form of the holiday is observed as one of the eight solar holidays, or Sabbat. In most Wiccan sects, this holiday is celebrated as the rebirth of the Great God, who is viewed as the newborn solstice sun. Although the name Yule has been appropriated from Germanic and Norsk Paganism, elements of the celebration itself snow,an of modern swigners.

Adapting the Egyptian Osiris Celebrations, Amateur mature Plano wife Babylonians held the annual renewal or new year celebration, the Zagmuk Festival. It lasted 10 days overlapping either the winter solstice or vernal equinox in its center peak.

It was a festival held in observation of the sun god Marduk's battle over darkness. The Babylonians held both land and river parades.

Sacaea, as Berossus referred to it, had festivals characterized with a subversion of order leading up to the new year. Masters and slaves interchanged, a mock king was crowned and masquerades clogged the streets. This has been a suggested precursor to the Festival of Kronos, Saturnalia and possibly Purim. During the ensuing feast, a space at the table was reserved for Ghosts, who was said to arrive on a sleigh. During the feast, certain foods were always eaten: The holiday was later adapted by Christians in the middle ages.

It is now celebrated Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers the 24th, 25th and 26th of December and largely recognized as both a Christian and secular cultural observance. Lithuanians of the Romuva religion continue to celebrate a variant of the original polytheistic holiday. In the Druidic tradition, Alban Arthan is a seasonal festival at the Winter solstice.

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On the Solstice, druids would gather by the oldest Mistletoe clad Oak. The Chief Druid would make his way to the mistletoe to be cut whilst below, other Druids would hold open a sheet to catch it, making sure none of it touched the ground.

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The battle is usually in the form of words but there have been some sword battles. The scene to the left depicts the Oak King's final strike against his brother, the Holly King and to ultimate victory, at least for the next six months. Christmas or Christmas Day is a holiday generally observed on December 25th with alternative days of Dating amateur Hundi Piran 6th, 7th and 19th to commemorate the birth of Jesus, the central Talented snowman seeking fife amateurs swingers of Christianity.

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Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift-giving, music, an exchange of Christmas cards, church celebrations, a special meal, and the display of various decorations; including Christmas trees, lights, garlands, mistletoe, nativity scenes, and holly. In addition, several figures, known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, and Santa Claus, among other names, are associated with bringing gifts to children during the Christmas season. Because gift-giving and many other aspects of the Christmas festival involve heightened economic activity among both Christians and non-Christians, the holiday has become a significant event and a key sales period for retailers and businesses.

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They were popularised by Saint Francis of Asissi fromquickly spreading across Europe. Different types of decorations developed across the Christian world, dependent on local tradition and available resources.

The first commercially produced decorations appeared in Germany in the s, inspired by paper chains made by children. In countries where a representation of the Nativity Scene is very popular, people are encouraged to compete and create the most original or realistic ones. Within some families, the pieces used to make the representation are considered a valuable family heirloom.

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The modern Christmas tree tradition is believed to have begun in Germany in the 18th century though many argue that Martin Luther began the tradition in the 16th century. By the Christmas tree had become even more widespread throughout Britain. By the s, people in the United States had adopted the custom of putting up a Christmas tree. Christmas trees may be decorated with lights and ornaments.

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The concentric assortment of leaves, usually from an evergreen, make up Christmas wreaths and are designed to prepare Christians for the Advent season.

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Rolls of brightly colored paper with secular or snowkan Christmas motifs are manufactured for the purpose of wrapping gifts. In some countries, Christmas decorations are traditionally taken down on Twelfth Night, the evening of January 5th. The first specifically Christmas hymns that we know of appear in 4th century Rome.

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