The winter nights
October 17, 2021
The winter nights (also called autumn blot, winter day and winter night) refer to the blot (a pagan sacrificial feast) that people in Norse times held 28 days (four seven-day weeks) after the autumn equinox. At the same time, the blot marked that the winter season was underway in the northern hemisphere and today refers to the date 14 October. Several customs are associated with the winter day as an anniversary. Then, among other things, it was common for migrants to move to the countryside. The same was true of the summer goal (April 14), a scheme that was practiced until the First World War. Outside these days, it was not allowed to move or get a new job. According to folk metrology, moreover, the winter weather would generally be as it was on winter nights. For example, if it snowed, it would be a snowy winter. Traditional prim rods have a summer and winter side, and winter begins with this date. There, the day is otherwise marked with a mitten. This primate mark has been interpreted as a signposted bishop's glove or a bishop's hat, a possible symbol of the pope and later the saint Calixtus 1 (Callistus I) who in the Catholic church calendar was commemorated with a feast day on October 14, the day he was buried in year 222. The day has therefore also been called Calixtus Day.