Thursday, June 09, 2011

Plans for how to celebrate Pagan holidays (FD)

For those interested, this is how we plan to be celebrating each of the Pagan holidays. Each person - or, if you happen to be in one, group/coven - celebrates differently, so don't be surprised if these differ from the rough plans of some people.

Imbolc (February 2nd): An appropriate activity, an appropriate ritual, and an appropriate feast/meal. For example: a walk to search for signs of Spring, a ritual intended to be done at that time of year, and a meal of foods that are associated with Imbolc.

Ostara/Spring Equinox (March 21st): An appropriate activity, an appropriate ritual, an appropriate feast/meal, and exchanging of Ostara treats. For example: egg dying, an Ostara ritual, a meal of Spring foods, and exchanging of a gift basket filled with chocolate eggs.

Beltane (May 1st): An appropriate activity, an appropriate ritual, and an appropriate feast/meal. For example: a nature walk, a Beltane ritual, and a feast of foods associated with summer.

Litha/Summer Solstice (June 21st): An appropriate activity, an appropriate ritual, and an appropriate feast/meal. For example: berry picking, a Summer Solstice ritual, and a meal of foods associated with Summer.

Lughnasadh/Lammas (August 1st): An appropriate activity, an appropriate ritual, and an appropriate feast/meal. For example: a picnic out in nature, and a Lughnasadh ritual.

Mabon/Autumn Equinox (September 22nd): An appropriate activity, an appropriate ritual, and an appropriate feast/meal. For example: a nature walk, a Mabon ritual, and a feast of Autumn foods.

Samhain/Halloween (October 31st): An appropriate activity, an appropriate ritual, and an appropriate feast/meal. For example: pumpkin carving, providing treats for Trick-Or-Treaters, a Samhain ritual, and a feast of Samhain goodies (such as pumpkin pie).

Yule/Winter Solstice (December 21st): Appropriate activities, rituals, feasts/meals, and gift giving, all spread over the days from the 21st to the 26th of December.

The examples given in this post may not be the exact things we do, but are to give you an idea of what I mean when I say, "an appropriate activity," etc. I will give more information on our exact planned activities and such closer to each holiday.

6 comments:

Rita said...

The activities and meals sound good. I'm wondering what the rituals are all about. :)

Toriz said...

Rita:
What the rituals are all about depends on exactly which ritual is done. But in general they are a prayer, meditation session, amulet or charm creation ritual, and that kind of thing. Basically, they involve the parts of Paganism/Wicca usually refered to as "spells" and "magic" (or "magik" or even "magick" - since it's sometimes written with a "k" instead of, or as well as, the "c" at the end). I suppose it's basically the point where you bring the religeon in to the activities. Where as the general activity part is just an activity that many people may have already planned to do on that day - in many cases not even knowing it's a holiday, let alone that the activity is one many Pagans may be doing - the ritual is the part that would only really be done by a Pagan (or possibly by someone with Pagan family or friends who wants to be involved in what those Pagan friends or family members are doing).

Does that answer your question?

Deanna said...

The Pagan holidays sound interesting. I certainly did not know most of them existed

AliceKay said...

I'll be looking forward to hearing how you celebrated each of the holidays.

Intense Guy said...

For summer soltice I'm going to learn how to pronounce all those unpronouncable words... like Lughnasadh.

:)

Hugs!

Toriz said...

Deanna & AK:
Glad you're looking forward to hearing about the holidays. :)

Iggy:
I have the correct pronounciations... I'll find them and post them for you! :)