Modraniht

Celebrated on December 24 or the day of the Winter Solstice

Also known as Mutternacht, Modranect, Night of the Mothers, Mothers’ Night

Mōdraniht was a Saxon and Anglo Saxon festival that took place on the eve of Yule. No details of the original festival survive though it was mentioned by the 8th-century historian Bede. He seemed to indicate that they stayed up through the night. Sacrifices and feasting were quite likely. It may have been a new year celebration.

Among modern Heathens, this is a time to honor the matrilineal ancestors as well as living mothers and grandmothers, matron Goddesses and the dísir

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