By setting a location, you can localise event and venue searches to a specific point.When searching, simply set the maximum distance you are willing to travel to an event and results will be restricted to local venues.Celebrations of the lighter days to come and nature’s continuing cycle have been common thorughout cultures and history with feasts, festivals and holidays around the December Solstice.
The festival was held to honor Saturn, the father of the gods and was characterized by the suspension of discipline and reversal of the usual order.
Grudges and quarrels were forgotten while businesses, courts and schools were closed.
This took place annually around the time of the December solstice and lasted for 12 days.
The Lesser Sabbats fall on the solstices and equinoxes.
In Ancient Rome the Winter Solstice festival began on December 17 and lasted for seven days.
Saturday: Day of Saturn Saturnalian banquets were held from as far back as around 217 BCE.
Christmas is also referred to as Yule, which is derived from the Norse word , referring to the pre-Christian winter solstice festival.
Yule is also known as Alban Arthan and was one of the “Lesser Sabbats” of the Wiccan year in a time when ancient believers celebrated the rebirth of the Sun God and days with more light.
French peasants believed that if the ashes were kept under the bed, they would protect the house against thunder and lightning.
The present-day custom of lighting a Yule log at Christmas is believed to have originated in the bonfires associated with the feast of Juul.
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