How do Druids celebrate autumn equinox?
Mabon is the celebration of the Autumn Equinox for pagan worshippers. The name comes from Welsh mythological figure Mabon, son of Modron. Druids, Wiccans and other modern pagans will gather at Stonehenge to witness the sunrise on Sunday, September 23 – the day of the Autumn Equinox.
What is celebrated close to the autumnal equinox?
The most widely celebrated is Christmas, which replaced the ancient Yule festival around the December solstice. The Christian celebration closest to the September equinox is Michaelmas, also known as the Feast of Michael and All Angels, on September 29.
How do Pagans celebrate the equinox?
To celebrate Spring Equinox some Pagans carry out particular rituals. For instance a woman and a man are chosen to act out the roles of Spring God and Goddess, playing out courtship and symbolically planting seeds. Egg races, egg hunts, egg eating and egg painting are also traditional activities at this time of year.
How do Druids celebrate Samhain?
To celebrate Samhain the Druids built huge sacred bonfires. People brought harvest food and sacrificed animals to share a communal dinner in celebration of the festival. During the celebration the Celts wore costumes – usually animal heads and skins. They would also try and tell each other’s fortunes.
How do you celebrate Alban arthan?
People would gather in the streets and sing (beginning the tradition of Christmas Caroling) and even act out stories from the times of Arthur and Merlin and so many more! Families decorated their homesteads with greenery and holly to symbolize warmth, bringing light into dark.
Why is the autumnal equinox important?
According to the astronomical definition of the seasons, the autumnal equinox also marks the beginning of autumn, which lasts until the winter solstice (December 21 or 22 in the Northern Hemisphere, June 20 or 21 in the Southern Hemisphere).
Why do pagans celebrate Ostara?
Ostara is a pagan celebration of the German goddess Eostre and the origins of the Christian celebration of Easter. As the beginning of spring Ostara is a good time to literally and figuratively plant seeds for the future. Ostara is also a good time to freshen up your home and life. Take time to do some spring cleaning.
When do druids celebrate the autumn equinox?
The name for the festival of the Autumn Equinox in Druidry is Alban Elfed, which means ‘The Light of the Water’. On or around 1st May in the northern hemisphere and 1st November in the southern, Beltane represents the beginning of Summer or the height of Spring.
What is the Feast of the autumn equinox?
This is the Feast of the Autumn Equinox. The Light of the Sun in the Wheel of the Year stands in the West, in the Place of balance between the Light and the Darkness. This is a time of the Great Tides. This is the Gateway of the Year. This Feast is known by many names to many people, for the Truth is reflected from many mirrors.
When is the autumn equinox in the northern hemisphere?
The autumn equinox usually occurs on the 21st or 22nd September in the northern hemisphere and the 21st or 22nd March in the southern. The other four festivals are also related to the seasons, but are not tied to specific astronomical events.
How are the Druids celebrated in New Zealand?
Similarly, when celebrating the festivals with a grove of Druids in Wellington, New Zealand, twenty or thirty of us, colourfully dressed, gather in a garden and celebrate the festival while honouring the Druid heritage and respecting the indigenous Maori festival time too.