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When is Yule?

I know winter solstice is dec 21 but is there another date Pagans celebrated it? Was ot only germanic times. Or is there a yule for irish people etc?

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:45 PM on Nov. 29, 2012 in Religious Debate

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  • Yule is Dec. 21st. The dates are the same every year, at least as far as I know. Like Christmas or New Year's, same date but different day of the week each year.

    Answer by wendythewriter at 10:50 PM on Nov. 29, 2012

  • Real Yule is the new moon closest to the solstice, either before or after. It can pop up anytime from late November to early January. Neo-pagan Yule is a kind of mashup of a bunch of different pagan faiths, and combines all their traditions (Saturnalia, Imbolc, Winter Nights, Mother's Night, assorted other Kemetic and Hellenist rituals that may or may not occur around that time of year), but uses the word "Yule" to describe them. The issue with tracking down Gaelic or Celtic history is the vast majority of it was destroyed by the Vatican, so people have to fill in a lot of blanks. It's also true to a lesser extent for Anglo-Saxons, but they had a lot more in common with Germanic Heathenry, so there are less blanks.

    If you're talking to an eclectic pagan, neo-pagan or Wiccan, when they say "Yule" they just mean the solstice and whatever they plan to do. When you talk to a N. reconstructionist, they mean the new moon.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 10:58 PM on Nov. 29, 2012

  • hat was very interesting. Thank you, NP

    Answer by Dardenella at 11:23 PM on Nov. 29, 2012

  • NP for the win! Nice answer. Thanks for the edjumacation. :)

    Answer by theMOMmission at 12:45 AM on Nov. 30, 2012

  • Nice answer.

    LOL thanks - truth is it gets asked about once a week every December, so I have lot of practice typing that out.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 1:29 AM on Nov. 30, 2012

  • Well Hell NP gets the points...

    Answer by gmasboy at 12:30 AM on Dec. 2, 2012

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