Beauty and the Baba: Unmasking the Slavic Ancestress. January 8th is Babin Dan (Grandmothers Day) in the Slavic Balkans. It is a holiday that originates from pagan rites that date back to the Paleo-Lithic era. Paradoxically, this day falls just a few short weeks after the winter solstice and the rebirth of the Sun child. This babe is called Badjak, from old Slavic badar, meaning “to be awake”, and he is symbolized by the yule log that is ceremonially lit on solstice eve.