Friday, December 19, 2014

Fact of the Day: Koliada

In what is now most of Eastern Europe, there was an ancient winter festival called Koliada. It celebrated the birth of the new year. When Christianity spread to the region, Koliada merged with Christmas. 

14 comments:

Kati said...

I'm sure a merge of festivities and traditions happened in many regions where a (new) religion was brought.

-Kati

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Don't they all?

Bob Bushell said...

The shortest day, 21st December.

Margaret D said...

I didn't know that...do now.

DEZMOND said...

never heard of it eventhough I'm in Eastern Europe :) I do know that Croats call Christmas songs 'kolede', those that groups of people sing at the streets.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

We have a big Ukrainian population here in Edmonton and every January there's a "Kaleido Festival" to celebrate winter and the new year. Lots of fun, provided it's not TOO cold out!

Pilar Domínguez said...

I have heard about the Sun festivity in the Roman Empire( for these days) but not this. Very interesting, Adam. Kisses:)

Pat Hatt said...

They all get stuck together eventually

Holy Ghost Writer said...

I've heard of it in some places still taking place

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Interesting. I've never heard of it, but it must've been fun. Festivals always are.

Anna-Alina said...

It still exists today. Often I did it a few years years ago. Mostly chlidren do this. I do it sometimes with my family and friends for fun.

stephen Hayes said...

The Roman holiday Saturnalia also merged into Christmas. It makes you wonder when Jesus was really born.

Gloria Baker said...

This sounds really lovely!!

Kay said...

I'm always amazed at what I learn from you, Adam. This is so interesting.