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Winter Nights (Wetrnaetr) - Asatru

Description The beginning of the winter season for the Northern folk. Remembrances of the dead and one's ancestors were made during this feast. Winter Nights was a ceremony of wild abandon - much like the Carnivale season in the Mediterranean countries - and marked the end of the summer season of commerce and travel and the beginning of the winter season of hunting. Winter Nights marked the beginning of the Wild Hunt, which would continue until Walpurgisnacht. This festival corresponds to the Celtic Samhain (sow'-ain), although the darker aspect of the festival are not as pronounced among the Norse people (The Norse festival of darkness was Walpurgis, a full 6 months away).
Date Sun, October 31, 2004
Repeat Type Yearly
Priority 5-Medium
Access Public
Category Religious Holiday*
Created by Gary Hill
Updated Sat, June 7, 2008 6:12pm GMT
Participants Religious Holidays
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