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"Awen yn codi o'r cudd ac yn cydio'r cwbl"
- Waldo Williams
(Awen arising from hiding and everything binding)

Winter Festivals

Eponalia was celebrated on 18 December in the calendar of Roman feast days as the festival of the Gaulish goddess EPONA. 
There is an inscription from Gaul which counts back  from ‘New Year Calends’, seeming to suggest a sequence through the Midwinter period:

‘XV Kalendas Ianuarius Eponae’ 


Darkness falls 
on the ivy leaf

Yulelight glistens 
on the holly bough

As red fire stirs 
in the kindling.

We count three days
to the longest night

Three more till the glimmer
of a longer day

Then seven to the eve
of New Year Calends

These days we count
from the Feast of Epona

First festival
of the Year’s turning.

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