Yule is a pagan holiday. The date was not chosen by chance: December 21 is the day of the winter solstice, when night and day are equal in duration. For many inhabitants of the planet in ancient times, the moment was special and symbolized the end of the cold, the onset of the new year.
A powerful holiday is not in vain associated with the sun, because people directly depend on it. Of course, earlier it was felt more strongly than now, but the thread is definitely not lost. According to legend, on the night of Yule, the Mother Goddess gave birth to a child – the Sun God, who dies on the night of Sumain and returns to life on this holiday. For each new appearance, spirits and evil spirits emerge from all corners, so an ordinary person needs to be extremely careful. The most terrible creature of them, according to Icelandic legends, is the Yule cat. He played the role of a supervisor, looking at the correctness of celebrating the holiday – people’s clothes had to be clean, the treat was delicious, the house was tidied up.
If the cat didn’t like something, he ate all the food, and if he didn’t get enough, then the owners came into play … In folklore, the mystical animal had fearlessness, the ability to teleport from one place to another and turn water into ice. He was also not afraid of fire. If everything suited him in the house, and his owners followed simple rules, the cat gave expensive gifts.
Amazing Yule Symbols:
- The Wish Tree is essentially an analogue of the Christmas tree;
- a log – it was made 12 days before the celebration, then decorated in a special way;
- a wreath – the product had to be created manually, hung over a fireplace or set on a table. Commonly used colors are red and green.
How to celebrate
Delve into the holiday and learn the traditions of different nations! If your area celebrates it in a special way, join the events. Decorate the house and buy the necessary attributes. Prepare festive dishes and invite loved ones.
When is Yule celebrated in 2022?
Yule is observed on December 21 each year.