H is for Holidays

Wheel of the Year

Wheel of the Year (Photo credit: nearlywildlife)

Naturalistic Pantheists celebrate eight holidays – the same eight holidays that most Neo-Pagans celebrate – Imbolc, Ostara, Beltaine, Litha, Lughnasadh/ Lammas, Mabon, Samhain and Yule. There are the solar festivals – the solstices and equinoxes and there are the ancient Celtic fire festivals which are important to the agricultural cycle. The calendar is not an old one, but was created during the 20th Century by amalgamating the ancient Celtic and Norse/ Saxon calendars. As Naturalistic Pantheists, we can celebrate these too in order to celebrate the turning of the seasons and connect with mother nature more. It also helps to emphasise the cyclical nature of time.

Although these feasts and festivals already have names, I think it would be good to create our own which have more descriptive terms for them rather than ancient Celtic and Norse words. Here are my suggestions –

February 1st – Feast of the Hearth

Vernal Equinox – Feast of Awakening

May 1st – ?

Summer Solstice – ?

August 1st – Feast of Grain

Autumnal Equinox – Feast of Fruits

November 1st – Feast of Remembrance

Winter Solstice – Feast of Rebirth

I’m not sure what names to give the Summer Solstice and May 1st so would appreciate any ideas. It needs to be something related to whats happening in nature at that time. I was thinking about Feast of Fertility or Feast of flowers for May 1st but i’m not sure. I also much prefer the word “Feast” rather than “festival” because I think eating and food is key to the way we celebrate and to hospitality. It’s a sacred act that connects us directly to the bounty of the Earth Mother.

What does everyone think? What would you call the festivals?

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7 thoughts on “H is for Holidays

  1. I think that it’s a great idea to rename the holidays to suit our individual needs. For me, the August holiday marks the end of summer proper and the beginning of back-to-school. I know it’s not related to nature but as an urban Pagan, I don’t really connect to nature as others may.

  2. I’m pretty much a pantheist, I only celebrate five holidays…the two solstices, Beltane, Samhain, and a mid February feast our family calls the Feast of the Wolf. And Beltane is celebrated less these days…

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