Giamolitus

Giamolitus “Winter Feast” – Giamos (winter), litus (feast). This is a one day holiday. Always falling on either 9 Giamonios or 9 Simiuisonna. This is around the full moon closest to the winter solstice. This is of course, the darkest time of the year, but with the full moon perhaps it shows that light was still sought and could shine through it. Also called Îuos Eponiâs.

In mainstream culture, there are many holidays this time of year. So regardless of how big it was in regards to the Gaulish world of the past, it may hold more meaning today. Warmth, feasting, and gift giving are good motifs for this time of year. This is also the time of the Wild Hunt, led by Eponâ.

Associated Deity: Eponâ. As leader of the Wild Hunt, and in recent lore, a new myth, mother of Maponos.

Possible inclusions or alternatives: Artius, as a Bear Goddess, may be involved in leading bears to their winter torpor. Carnonos is another possibility.