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How the Holiday Season is Celebrated Around the World

By Becky Ferreira Dec 21, 2012

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The Beiwe Festival, Scandinavia

The indigenous Saami people of Scandinavia celebrate the sun goddess Beiwe's trip through the sky on the winter solstice. Beiwe is said to travel in a sleigh made of reindeer bones, heralding the long march toward spring. To celebrate this holiday, put butter on your doorknob: like any fertility goddess worth her salt, Beiwe loves butter. Pictured: a traditional Saami camp.

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