Ancient Egypt/Kemet: Hathor’s Moon festival. Hathor was the nurturing mother goddess, represented as the cow, who was patron of fertility sexual love, childbirth, mothering, and nursing. The Dance of Hathor, in which groups of girls holding mirrors in one hand and rattles in the other would dance together, was only part of the important rites for young girls held during this festival. See “Family and Sexual Mores in Ancient Egypt” for more information about the importance of Hathor’s worship in Kemetic life.
Ancient Rome: This was one of the appointed days (dies comitiales) when committees of Roman citizens were allowed to vote on political or criminal matters.
According to the calculations of a seventeenth-century Anglican archbishop, the Earth was created on this date in the year 4004 B.C.E.
Feast Day of St. Lucian, who was formerly a demon worshipper and sorcerer.
St. Alfred the Great, called an “Ideal Christian King,” died on this day in 899. His name means “elf counsel” or “all peace.”
Bhai Pooj – On the fifth and last day of Diwali, brothers and sisters acknowledge their special relationship during the festival of Bhai Pooj (bhai means “brother” and pooj means the second day after the new moon).
St Demeter/St Demetrius – In Albania, this is the day on which houses are prepared for winter. Blankets and sheepskins are brought out and the house made snug. Like other autumn saints, St. Luke and St. Michael, St. Demetrius often brings a spell of good weather called “the summer of St. Demetrius.”
Thanks Granny Moon!