The Pagan Festivals
Samhain, All Hallows Eve, Westwind Sabbat- Samhain is a greater Sabbat
Begins Sundown, October 31. The Festival of the Last Harvest; Focus on divination and departed Ancestors. The beginning of the Witch Year. The God presides. The end of good weather.
(*Note: Samhain is pronounced sowen, soween, saw-win, saw-vane or sahven, not sam-hayne)
Yule, Alban Arthan
Winter Solstice begins Sundown, December 21 (day before Solstice.) Day of the Yew, Mistletoe, Palm and Silver Fir. Birth of the Sun God; the Divine Child.
Imbolc – Feb 2nd
This holiday is also known as Candlemas, or Brigid’s (pronounced BREED) Day.
Beltane – May 1 April 30th/May 1st
May Eve/Valpurgis/Cetsamhain/Roodmas/Shenn do Boaldyn/May Day
(Beltane derived from the Irish Gaelic “Bealtaine” or the Scottish Gaelic “Bealtuinn”, meaning “Bel-fire”, the fire of the Celtic god of light (Bel, Beli or Belinus).)
Lughnasa – August 2, July 31st/Aug 1st
Samhain – October 31
Winter Nights/Samhain/Feile Moingfinne/Halloween
The Four Solar Festivals
Winter Solstice – Yule – Dec 21st/22nd
(Yule from the Anglo-Saxon ‘Yula’, meaning ‘wheel’ of the year.)
Spring Equinox – Ostara – Mar 21st/22nd
Summer Solstice – Lithia – Midsummers Eve – June 21st/22nd
(Midsummer, Gathering Day, Summer Solstice, Alban Heffyn, Feill-Sheathain)
Autumn Equinox – Harvest – Mabon – Sept 21st/22nd
Gwyl canol Hydref or Mabon: (pronounced May-bon. Also known as Harvest Home, Harvest Tide, Fall Equinox, Autumn Equinox etc.)