Celtic Festivals

Beltane: Celtic May Day

Beltane, celebrated as the Celtic May Day, is the season of maturing life and deep found love. This is the time of vows, handfastings and commitment. The Lord and his Lady, having...

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Imbolc: The Celebration of St. Brigid

Also called St. Brigid's Day, Imbolc honors the Celtic goddess of fire, fertility, midwifery and the young. February 1st-2nd is one of the cornerstones of the Celtic Calendar, as the...

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Lughnasadh: Honoring the Harvest

In Celtic culture, August 1st is known as Lughnasadh (or Lughnasa)—a celebration of the Celtic god Crom Dubh. He is the god who has generated a treasure of crops, including Eithne, a woman symbolizing grains. Lugh, another god, must seize the harvest for the human community and fight to prevent blight. Lughnasadh represents the honoring and protecting of the work that has been done in one’s...

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Mabon: Celebrating Autumn Equinox

Happy Mabon, (pronounced MAY-bone) which is the celtic celebration of the Autumn Equinox. The Druids call this celebration, Mea'n Fo'mhair, and honor the The Green Man, the God of the Forest, by offering libations to trees. Offerings of ciders, wines, herbs and fertilizer are appropriate at this time. As an equinox celebration, Mabon (like Ostara) focuses on balance because this is one...

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Samhain: Why We Feel “Edgy”

We have reached the boundary between this Celtic year and the next, with the festival of Samhain, which is October 31. You may have heard this boundary expressed as the “veil” between worlds, which is said to be at its thinnest on this day, allowing many folks to feel a closer connection with the spirits of our ancestors. 

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Samhain And The Tradition of Honoring Our Ancestors – Part II

Samhain has been celebrated as a festival for the dead, spanning three days that begin on October 31. There are many traditions, old and new, for honoring our varied ancestral spirits. We invite you to share your own traditions, or perhaps take one of these elements of celebration and make it your own.

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Samhain And The Tradition of Honoring Our Ancestors – Part I

Bushels of apples, patches of pumpkins and burnished leaves crunching underfoot herald the approach of the Celtic celebration of Samhain (pronounced “sow-en”), better known by most folks as Halloween. The Gaelic word “samhain” means literally “summer’s end,” and its celebration on October 31 is significant because that date lies exactly between the Autumnal Equinox and the Winter Solstice. 

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