Hallowtide: Facing Death

Quick Facts Summary: a three-day Christian commemoration of the saints and all the faithful departed. 2018 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 […]

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 2018 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   2018 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 […]

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   2018 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 […]

Easter: He Is Risen

Quick Facts Summary: a Christian festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ   2018 Date: 1st April (Western Christianity), 8th April (Eastern Christianity)   Celebrated by: Christians, Western culture   Linked Holidays: Holy Week (Christianity), Passover (Judaism)   Background and Theological Significance Easter refers to the Sunday on which the Resurrection of Christ is celebrated […]