Earlier Solar Saviors were Mithra, Horus, Christna et al. The Star in the East is the brightest star in the night sky, Sirius. On Dec 24th Sirius aligns with 3 bright stars in the Orion Belt, known as the Three Kings ( The Three Wise Men of the East ). All these four face Sunrise on Dec 25, which is known as Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, the Birthday of the Invincible Sun. The Sun is the Alpha and the Omega, as far as Life is concerned !
Virgo rises at Midnight and represents the Virgin Mother ( Virgo Virginis in Latin means Virgin). It is also known as the House of Bread. The longest day in the Northern Hemisphere is on Jun 21 and then, as the Sun continues his southerly course, days tend to become shorter.
Three Stars of Orion Belt Birthday of Invincible Sun
In ancient Rome, Mithras was the Sun ( Son ) of God ( Sol Invictus ) and the Light of the World !
Mithras Resurrection of the Sun
We dont want conflict with anybody and so let us pray for Universal Friendship. Prarthichidunnu Nirupadhika Vishva Maithree !
This event is celebrated in many cultures. As a part of Secularisation, AD and BC were changed into ACE and BCE ( After Common Era and Before Common Era ). This is a global festival, the Festival of Winter Solstice and not any particular Religion's. The world is multi-cultural and multi-religious and we cannot give preference to any particular Religion !
Let true Secularism triumph !
Sanskrit terms and their Western correlatives.
Vishu - Vernal Equinox on March 21, Sun's gross RA 0 degrees, Meshadi.
Dakshinayan - Summer Solstice on Jun 21, Sun's gross RA 90 degrees, Karkyadi.
Thula Vishu - Autumnal Equinox on Sep 21,Sun's gross RA 180 degrees, Thuladi.
Uttarayan - Winter Solstice on Dec 21.,Sun's gross RA 270 degrees, Makaradi.