Pagan calendar


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Heathen Date: Frigga`s day, Horning 24, 2267 RE
Pagan Calendar - Roman Calendar

Dies Natalis Invicti Solis

Summary

Dies Natalis Invicti Solis

Calendar

Roman

Date

Dec 25 Every year

Description

December 25 - Dies Natalis Invicti Solis (Festival of the invincible sun God) see Sol Invictus

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol_Invictus
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.

Unlike the earlier, agrarian cult of Sol Indiges ("the native sun" or "the invoked sun" - the etymology and meaning of the word "indiges" is disputed), the title Deus Sol Invictus was formed by analogy with the imperial titulature pius felix invictus ("dutiful, fortunate, unconquered").

A festival of the birth of the Unconquered Sun (or Dies Natalis Solis Invicti) was celebrated when the duration of daylight first begins to increase after the winter solstice, — the "rebirth" of the sun.

The Sol Invictus festival ran from December 22 through December 25. Eradicating the remnants of this much-celebrated pagan holiday is likely the reason why Christmas was picked by the early Catholic leaders as the birthday of Jesus Christ.

References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_festivals


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