Thursday, November 15, 2007

The World Celebrates: Yule 2007

It's here!

A fan-designed line of holiday scents that reflect passion, curiosity, generosity and global savvy.

Here are the descriptions of the scents, from the Conjure, Ltd page, where you can also order.

Bhai Dooj

a Hindu ceremony performed on the second day after Diwali in which siblings honor and celebrate one another. Sisters draw sacred Tilak markings made of sandalwood or vermillion paste on their brothers foreheads with unbroken grains of rice as an expression of love and gratitude for their support and protection. In turn, brothers shower sisters with luxurious gifts, jewel toned flowers and promises of continued love and loyalty

a fiery blend with a heart of sandalwood paste and a soul of incense, basmati rice, dried ginger, comforting allspice and a daub of ghee

contributed by Julia Ingber, New York, USA

Ded Moroz
(Eastern Europe)

Ded Moroz, or Father Frost, is a character akin to Santa Claus in the Ukraine and other parts of Eastern Europe. He delivers gifts in person to children with his granddaughter Snegurochka,"Snow Maiden", donning his heel-length, crimson fur lined coat, hat and valenki boots. Celebrate a true Ukrainian Christmas with perennially popular Eastern European cookies baked special for Ded Moroz and Snegurochka! Cut into rounds, stars, or crescents, they are often hung on the lower branches of the Yule tree as treats for the younger children

notes in this delectable offering are warm and dry ginger, golden peach honey, orange peel and toasted almonds with a just a hint of spice and a delicate dusting of powdered sugar on top

contributed by Jennifer Tonapi, Ohio, USA

Festival of Lights

Hanukkah, the Hebrew word sometimes translated as "dedication" or "consecration", is celebrated on the 25th day in the month of Kislev, falling anywhere between late November to late December. It is marked by lighting candles each night on the Menorah just after dusk to invite miracles, wonders and to express gratitiute.

a scent for Hanukkah, warm and inviting: fresh baked loaves of Challah, golden tendrils of honey, sweet beeswax candles, frankincense, saffron, and clove

Contributed by Shawna Morse, Georgia, USA

Frau Holda

Germanic Mother Goddess of spinning, witches and the wild hunt. Be called forth into the shimmering silver frenzy of Frau Holda's frozen midwinter festival procession along with the disembodied spirits that roam free on the earth during the darkest nights of deepest chill.

wrap yourself in a cloak of coursing dragon's blood for the Wild Hunt, grand fir for the cold-locked forest and the barest touch of icy ravensara and mint for winter's lingering frost

contributed by Rebecca Cerio, Wisconsin, USA

Misa del Gallo
(Latin America)

Misa del Gallo, or "Roosters Mass" is a name used in Latin America for the Catholic Tradition of Midnight Mass. It comes from the belief that the rooster was one of the first creatures to witness and then announce the birth of the infant Jesus.

celebrate midnight mass in an ancient cathedral: dark amber, sweet myrrh, olibanum, candle smoke wafting heavenward, raw chocolate, desert chaparral and sweetgrass

Contributed by Gary Lodato, North Carolina, USA


Spent with family and generally lasting about six days, Oshogatsu, or Japanese New Year, is easily one of Japan's most elaborate festivals. Traditions of cleansing and purification are practiced prior to the holiday to make room for a fresh new year, opening wide the doors to luck, happiness and prosperity

ring in the new: cherry blossoms, green tea, sweet red bean paste accord, rice flowers, bamboo, purifying hinoki and sacred cedar

Contributed by: Karen Shibuya, Virginia USA

Saint Lucia

Observed on December 13 in Scandinavian countries, it is the Feast Day of Saint Lucia, whose name means "light".This is represented in the yearly tradition of choosing one lucky little girl to wear a flowing white gown, don a glowing candle-studded crown and lead a line of candle bearing maidens trailing behind her to represent Saint Lucia overcoming the darkness of her blindness. The Saint is often portrayed holding a golden plate containing her own eyes that some say were plucked out by enemies, yet other sources claim that she gouged them out herself. It is of no surprise then that she is venerated at the darkest time of the year

an illuminating blend offering the sweet scent of lucia yeast buns baked with cardamom and saffron then slowly drizzled with sweet orange glaze rounded out with just a hint of lingonberry twigs from the candle wreath warmed by the candle's steady glow

Contributed by Lindsay Van Acker, California, USA


Have a beautiful season! Congratulations and many thanks to everyone who contributed!

Light and Joy,


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