Hallowtide: Facing Death

Quick Facts Summary: a three-day Christian commemoration of the saints and all the faithful departed. 2020 Date: 31st October, 1st November, 2nd November Celebrated by: Western Christians, Western Culture Linked Holidays: Hallowe’en (Western), Samhain (Pagan) Background and Theological Significance Hallowtide, also called Allhallowtide or the Hallowmas season, is a triduum (three day observance) in the […]

June Solstice: Another Turn of the Cycle

Quick Facts Summary: a celebration of the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere 2020 Date: 21st June (exact timing depends on location) Celebrated by: Numerous cultures worldwide, modern pagans Linked Holidays: December Solstice, Wiccan Wheel of the Year festivals, Feast of St John the Baptist Background and […]

Easter: He Is Risen

Quick Facts Summary: a Christian festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ 2020 Date: 12th April Celebrated by: Christians, Europeans Linked Holidays: Holy Week (Christianity), Passover (Judaism) Background and Theological Significance Easter refers to the Sunday on which the Resurrection of Christ is celebrated by Christians. It marks the end of Holy Week; which is […]

Imbolc: Spring is Coming

Quick Facts and Stats Summary: Gaelic Festival celebrating the beginning of Spring 2020 Date: 1st February Celebrated by: Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Gaelic, Pagans Linked Holidays: Beltane, Samhain, Candlemass, Maghi, Lohri. Background and Theological Significance Imbolc’s history stretches back back for perhaps thousands of years. But at its core it has always been motivated by the […]

September Equinox: Shifting Light

Quick Facts Summary: a celebration of the autumnal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and the vernal equinox in the Southern Hemisphere 2019 Date: 23rd September (exact timing depends on location) Celebrated by: Numerous cultures worldwide, modern pagans Linked Holidays: March Equinox, Wiccan Wheel of the Year festivals, Harvest Festival Background and Theological Significance The September […]

Lammas: First Fruits of the Earth

Quick Facts Summary: a festival in the Northern Hemisphere to mark the start of the harvest 2019 Date: 1st August or thereabouts Celebrated by: European, Christians, Pagans Linked Holidays: Harvest Festival, Wiccan Wheel of the Year festivals Background and Theological Significance Lammas is the name given in English-speaking parts of the Northern Hemisphere to the […]