Zvaigznes Diena

In ancient Latvia, Zvaigznes ("day of stars") was a festival held on January 6.

Three pointed apple cakes were eaten. If a dog was heard barking, the direction was said to also be that person's future spouse. Weaving and wood-cutting was bad luck. A sunny enough day (warmed up the horse's backs} signified a year without war.

After Christianization, Zvaigznes Diena became Tris Kunga Diena ("three king's day")

The three kings refer to Kasparu, Melchioru and Belceru. The initiats "KMB" were carved on doors so that they would bless the house. Gypsies painted six-cornered stars on their foreheads. A clear night signifed a good season.

Alternative: Paganu Svetdienu ("holy day of pagans")


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