Sorry, this post comes slightly late…
December 13 is a Day to honour Loki, according to Dagulf Loptson. In many countries this day is the commemoration of Saint Lucy, and a festival of light. In Norway, Sweden and Swedish-speaking regions of Finland, songs are sung, and girls dressed as Saint Lucy carry lights and cookies which “symbolizes bringing the light of Christianity throughout world darkness”.
From my personal experience with Loki, I celebrate Summer and Winter Solstice with Him, so it was interesting to find that in Scandinavian countries, December 13 used to mark the Day of Winter Solstice. The longest night and the return of Light.
“A Swedish source states that the date of (Winter Solstice, St. Lucia, Lucinatta, Lucia-day, Lussi-mass …) i.e. 13 December, predates the Gregorian which implies that “Lucia’s Day” was 13 Dec in the Julian Calendar, which is equal to 21 December in the Gregorian, i.e. now. Same source states use of the name “Little Yule” for the day, that it was among the most important days of the year, that it marked the start of Christmas month, and that with the move to the Gregorian calendar (in Sweden 1753) the date (not the celebration) “completely lost its appropriateness/significance”.” (public domain)
and then, of course, there is also the darker side of December 13 …
Lussinatta, the Lussi Night, was marked in Sweden 13 December. Historically Norwegians considered what they called Lussinatten the longest night of the year and no work was to be done. From that night until Christmas, spirits, gnomes and trolls roamed the earth. Lussi, a female being with evil traits, was said to ride through the air with her followers, called Lussiferda. This itself might be an echo of the myth of the Wild Hunt, called Oskoreia in Scandinavia, found across Northern, Western and Central Europe.
There is little evidence that the legend itself derives from the folklore of northern Europe, but the similarities in the names (“Lussi” and “Lucia”), and the date of her festival, 13 December, suggest that two separate traditions may have been brought together in the modern-day celebrations in Scandinavia. (public domain)
Shiva is a form of Agni (the God of Light, of Fire and Illumination) and He is also the God of Demons, Trolls and dark creatures. Shiva is beyond duality and judgement, that is why He rules darkness as well as and light.
Because I personally put Loki in the same “family” of gods that Shiva comes from, it was no surprise to me that He would have proposed this day as a celebration of Him. A time when darkness is at its height, as dark creatures roam the world, and a time when we want and need to remember Light. Because Light gives us hope and strength, and guides us safely through the darkness.
Loki is my Light.
A Light that illumines all darkness.