Holidays predating christmas Freesexchat clm
Known in Icelandic as 'Sumardagurinn fyrsti', this holiday is an Icelandic flag day and marks the arrival of the first day of summer.
Given the climate in Iceland, it might seem strange that summer comes so early to Iceland.
Once a more important holiday than Christmas, this holiday has faded in terms of significance with the adoption of the major Christian festivals.
Despite its lower status Icelanders will mark the day as heralding a welcome change in the weather with parades, sporting events and entertainment across the island.
Actually, many traditions are based in Germanic pagan rituals predating Christianity.
This means it always falls between April 19th and April 25th.This differed from past celebrations which often verged on the anti-Christian, and which involved pursuing hedonism with graceless abandon.Clement Clarke Moore’s 1822 poem “A Visit from Saint Nicholas,” firmly established the Christmas/Santa Claus connection.Today, the summer gifts are normally new clothes, or something that can be played with outdoors, a welcome incentive to get out of the house after the harshness of winter.Christmas is the Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, who is considered the Son of God, and the savior of all people.
Sextus Julius Africanus, a 3rd century Christian missionary, is believed to have first espoused the theory of Christ’s birth as December 25th.