Celebrated on December 24 or the eve of the Winter Solstice.
Mōdraniht was a Saxon and Anglo-Saxon festival that took place on the eve of Yule. No details of the original festival survive though the 8th-century historian Bede mentioned it.
He seemed to indicate that they stayed up through the night. Sacrifices and feasting were quite likely. It may have been a new year celebration.
Scholars believe that the “mothers” may have been ancestral Goddesses, which may have included Valkyries, the Norns and/or female disir.
Also known as Mutternacht, Modranect, Night of the Mothers, Mothers’ Night.
Among modern Heathens, this is a time to honor the matrilineal ancestors as well as well as ancestral Goddesses and tribal Matrons and festivities may also include honoring living matriarchs, mothers and grandmothers.
More Information Online
- Modraniht: Mothers Honored During Norse Celebration at Patheos
- Madraniht: Id est matrum noctorum at Walking with the Ancestors
- Modru and Modraniht at Of Axe and Plough