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Wigilia

December 24
Christians in Poland, like Christians around the world, regard the entire period from Christmas Eve (December 24) to Epiphany (January 6) as part of the Christmas season. Although their customs and the timing of their specific Christmas celebrations may differ from village to village, it all occurs during these two weeks. Wigilia means "to watch" or "keep vigil" in Polish. It takes place on Christmas Eve and commemorates the vigil that the shepherds kept on the night of Christ's birth. But it's very possible that the celebration goes back to pre-Christian times. Showing forgiveness and sharing food were part of the Poles' ancient Winter Solstice observance, a tradition that can still be seen in what is known as the Gody —the days of harmony and goodwill that start with the Wigilia and last until Epiphany, or Three Kings Day.
Because some people still cling to the ancient belief that wandering spirits roam the land during the darkest days of the year, it is not uncommon for Poles to make an extra effort to be hospitable at Christmas time, leaving out a pan of warm water and a bowl of nuts and fruits for any unexpected visitors.
SOURCES:
BkFest-1937, p. 256
BkFestHolWrld-1970, p. 142
EncyChristmas-2003, p. 621
FolkWrldHol-1999, p. 749
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Asi genero la hipotesis de las "somnohuellas", en la que creia que el sueno iba a cubrir las demandas que la vigilia anterior habia tenido sobre el sujeto, por lo que el sueno, en el mismo sujeto, frecuentemente iba a ser diferente, dependiendo de lo que hubiera hecho durante su vigilia.
Meu primeiro contato com seu trabalho se deu em 2001, na 3a Bienal do Mercosul, em que apresentou a instalacao La Vigilia (Figura 1).