Why the 25th of December?

As the Holiday season approaches it may be interesting to know why we celebrate Christmas on December 25th. In fact, the birth of Christ was proclaimed to be on this date during the 4th century, under the Roman Empire, in order to supplant another important tradition: the celebration of the birth of the sun, or Natalis Invicti (Invincible Sun), as we are reminded by Anne Morelli, research professor with the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at UniversitéLibre de Bruxelles.

On this historical note, on behalf of myself, the members of the board of directors of the Fonds and its staff, I wish you a relaxing Holiday season and a 2013 filled with joy!

Normand Labrie,
Scientific Director of the FRQSC