By Becky Ferreira Dec 21, 2012
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.