Merry Saturnalia!

Pat here, wishing all a wonderful holiday season! While you’re wallowing in gifts and possibly debt from buying them, remember that the partying, gift-giving season most likely started with the Roman’s Saturnalia, a celebration of agricultural bounty in honor of the god Saturn, and quite possibly co-mingled with a celebration of the solstice from earlier times since the dates of the celebration fell between Dec 17-23rd. Several other religious celebrations also mark the end of the year with gift-giving, such as the Jewish festival of lights Hanukkah or the Hindu celebration of Pancha Ganapati in honor of Lord Ganesha. So …

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The Lights of the Solstice

The Solstice meant a long, cold, hungry time was still ahead, but from that date, every day was going to be a little longer. The sun had begun its journey back toward summer.
Is it any wonder folks celebrated this ‘rebirth’ of the sun with fire festivals? Traditional December celebrations often have a fire theme, linking to that ancient joy in the return of the sun.