KOLEDAAlso known as KALEDA, KALEDOS, KOLYADA, KOLIADA
Winter God of Peace and Festivities
His exact name and nature varies from country to country, but he's an ancient winter deity of rebirth who is celebrated at the end of the year. (For example, in Poland he was originally known as Kolyada, a Sun Goddess symbolizing the wheel of time.)He has a celebratory feast day on 24th December which involves carol-singing, dancing, bonhomie and festive dressing up. It's always good to have a choice.
In some traditions he represents the sun's cycle from one year to the next. And in others he doesn't. There is even speculation that he may be named after the Roman Kalends, which would surely make him a deity of Calendars. Very useful.
Whatever his exact origins, KOLEDA's winter festival was popular long before Christianity came along to gatecrash the party and borrow his ideas. So raise a glass to KOLEDA the next time Christmas rolls around.
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
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Area or people : Poland, Serbia, Belarus, Bulgaria
Location : Czech Republic, Poland and Russia
Gender : Both male and female
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : KALEDA, KALEDOS, KOLYADA, KOLIADA
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