Celebrated on December 24 or the eve 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. Scholars believe that the “mothers” may have been ancestral Goddesses, which may have included Valkyries, the Norns and/or female disir.
Among modern Heathens, this is a time to honor the matrilineal ancestors as well as well as ancestral Goddesses and tribal Matrons and festivities may also include honoring living matriarchs, mothers and grandmothers.
- Modraniht: Mothers Honored During Norse Celebration at Patheos
- Madraniht: Id est matrum noctorum at Walking with the Ancestors
- Modru and Modraniht at Of Axe and Plough
- Matrons and Desir: The Heathen Tribal Mothers at Frigga’s Web