has been held as a sacred festival by numberless nations.
hold December 25th as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus. China
on the same day celebrates the birth of Buddha, son of Mâa. (Bunsen. Druids
held during the winter solstice the festival of Nolagh. (Higgins. Egypt
held that Horus, son of Isis, was born towards the close of December (Le Clerk de Septehenes. Greece
celebrated in the winter solstice the birth of Demeer (Cercs
), Dionyos (Bacchus
), and Herakle (Hercules
Numerous Indian tribes keep Yuletide as a religious festival. (Monier Williams. Mexïco
holds in the winter solstice the festival of Capacrame (History of the Indies,
vol. ii. p. 354.) Persia
at the same period honours the birth of Mithras. (Gross.
celebrated on December 25th the festival “Natais Solis Invicta Scandinavia
held at Yuletide the festival called Jul, in honour of Freya, wife of Odin.”
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894