natural holidays

Winter was officially over and the day passed me by. Hmmm. Not so much in tune with nature am I. It’s interesting to note the main pagan holidays, something I only had a slight awareness of before I researched it for my stories.

Candlemas falls on Feb 2 and marks Mid-winter. Also known as Imbolc and Brigits’s Day. Brigit, or Bridget of Kildare, or Bìghde is the the Celtic goddess of fire, the hearth, smithy, fields, poetry and childbirth.

Spring Equinox marks the first day of spring, March 21, when the farming year begins. Also known as Ostara.

Beltane May Day, or May 1. When the seeds that have been planted in the spring start to grow. In pagan terms the day is one of celebration of all things godly.

Summer Solstice the first day of summer, normally June 22, is the longest day of the year. Hence it’s alternative name of MidSummer.

Lammas or Lughnasadh August 1 when fruit begins to appear and can be harvested.

Autumnal Equinox marks the first day of autumn, around September 21.

Samhain also called All Hallows Eve or Halloween and falls on October 31. When the barriers between worlds are thinnest and those who have gone on before can walk in this world. A day of rest and reflection.

Winter Solstice the shortest day of the year around December 22nd marks the first day of winter.