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Does Greek mythology list a calendar date for creation?

I'm afraid they do not. It should be noted that even the Hebrew scriptures, probably the only ones I can think of that has a date of creation so closely tied to generations of men, is not really ...
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When Was the Goddess Pomona's Festival?

Yeah, the Italian Wiki page is correct. The reading is: Volturnalia a deo Volturno, cuius feriae tum. Octobri mense Meditrinalia dies dictus a medendo, quod Flaccus flamen Martialis dicebat ...
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Do Mithras, Osiris, Adonis, and Dionysus share a December 25 birthday?

Since historians started noted how Christianity attempted to displace paganism, assertions such as Dan Brown's are a commonplace. Older cultures did not have a precise calendar, so Dec. 25th is ...
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How were the days of the week named?

In English (and most germanic languages) the days of the week come mainly from gods from the Germanic faiths. Monday = Day of the moon Tuesday = Day of Tyr Wednesday = Day of Wodan/Odin Thursday = ...
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Why do we dress up to celebrate Halloween?

On the Wikipedia page for Halloween Costumes it says: An early reference to wearing costumes at Halloween comes from Scotland in 1585. Looking at the external links on the page I found something ...
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What are the origins of April Fools' Day?

No one really knows for sure but the idea is in France in the 1500s New Year's celebrations would start a few days before then end on April 1st. When the date changed to January 1st people who still ...
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Do Mithras, Osiris, Adonis, and Dionysus share a December 25 birthday?

I'm glad you asked this, because this is something I've wondered about for awhile. I think the other answers cover Mithra and Adonis pretty well, so here's what I have been able to find out about ...
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What pagan or folk customs and beliefs relate to Pentecost (Whitsun)?

Pentacost is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit into the disciples of Christ following the ascension of Jesus Christ into Heaven. It's also the Jewish festival of Shavuoth per the Oxford dictionary. ...
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Which current cultures have April Fools' Day on 1 April?

Of all places Malta is the best! Many other countries "celebrate" April Fool's Day, but none like Malta! The story of “April Fools' Day” is one of a certain curiosity indeed! It is known to the ...
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What are the origins of April Fools' Day?

Origin of April Fools' Day or April Fool's Day1: A disputed association between April 1 and foolishness is in Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales (1392). ... In 1508, French poet Eloy d'Amerval ...
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How were the days of the week named?

Short version: the assignment was more astrological than religious, insofar as such things can be separated out. The oldest explanation I can find of the now-standard day names is from Cassius Dio, ...
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Ηοw is the pomegranate connected with New Year's celebrations?

ABC News explains it here: In Greece, the pomegranate has held strong symbolic meaning since ancient times. A common tradition on New Year's Eve is to throw pomegranates on the ground, and break ...
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Where does the folk tradition of the Easter Bunny come from?

According to the article on Easter Rabbits from Wikipedia: Originating among German Lutherans, the "Easter Hare" originally played the role of a judge, [...] the Lutherans being Christian explains ...
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Are There Pagan Roots of Christmas Traditions?

Well, from what I remember, it was because of the winter solstice, and getting new followers. That's what I remember.... The beginning of the article I'm about to talk about, mentions saturnalia, a ...

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