Pagan Holidays for March 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 2010

Is everyone ready to step back in time again and see what our Pagan Ancestors were doing???? Let’s see who outdoes who….Rome or Greece, even though we have so many others this week who will be throwing in their finest of rituals, festivals, observances and celebrations. So let’s go….

Monday (moon-day), March 22

The day of the Moon

Rome is going to kick us off this month with their Cult of Attis, who happens to be the lover of their Goddess Cybele. The Cult would walk through the fine streets of Rome, carrying pine tress which have fallen…mourning Attis’ demise.

The French will be giving thought to their alchemist Nicolas Flamel who died on this day in 1417.

Tuesday (Honor-day)  March 23

The day of Honor

Rome is going to kick off Tuesday as well, as their Priests honor Mars and Saturn by performing The Dance of Salii. The dance was said to force the Spirits of Winter into leaving the city, in order to provoke the growing of crops. And let’s not forget about the God Mars, for whom the dance brought forth in order to encourage men to sign up for Rome’s army. The Salii consisted of twelve people, all from noble families. The 13th person was a Magister, who led the dancing and singing.

And here comes the Norse, having their fabulous festival of Summer Finding which was all about the light (Spring & Summer) prevailing, or taking dominance over the darkness (Winter). This was their observance to honor the Great Goddess of Ostara!

Even North-Western England will not be silent this Tuesday as once, all raised for an observance for their God Cocidus, who happened to be a deity of the forest and over hunting. For historical notes, an alter for Cocidus had been discovered in a place called Ebchester.

And in Egypt, we would have a wonderful festival for the timeless Goddess Isis on this day!

Wednesday, (Wisdom-day)  March 24

The day of Wisdom

The Great Brittan Goddess Albion is sacred on this day, even though Albion is said to go back much further (2nd CE) than when Great Britain used her fabulous image on their coins.

The Norse will be giving this day to their God Heimdall who guards the light and Bifrost Bridge–(the path which joins heaven and earth).

Thursday( strength-day), March 25

The day of strength

Rome will be having a grand celebration today called the Festival of Hilaria in honor of their Goddess Cybele.

The English will be having the Lady Day. On this day, they say the Good Goddess shall take the God of Spring to her bed.

In many parts of Britain during medieval times, today was once considered the first of the New Year. They made it sacred to Nuada— who was the God of poetry, magic, medicine, beauty, childbirth, and the oceans. His names were also Nudd and Ludd, and his sword, Fragarach, was considered to be one of four sacred and wonderful treasures of Tuatha de Danaan.

In Egypt, the Day of the Shining Ones of Heaven, was honored today.

Friday (love-day), March 26

The day of Love

Welsh will be having a celebration called Mabon ap Modron, who happens to be their fertility god. (Another Spring fling)

Today Persia will be having a festival of the birth of Zarathustra or Zoroaster, their King of Bactia. He was credited for inventing magic, and for enlightening the world with his theories of worshipping a god without the use of visual idols. At this date (our current one) archeologists believe that Zoroaster was actually two different men, a Babylonia astronomer who lived around the time of 2460 BCE and an actual Persian King living around the time of 590 BCE. However it should be said that the teachings of Zoroaster are still held high in many parts of Europe and the Middle East.

Saturday (Reckoning-day), March 27

The day of reckoning

Rome will kick off the weekend, the same way they did the week with their public celebrations of Liberalia or their God of wine and nature, Liber. Then, the public affairs will move to more private rituals called Bacchanalia.

Even though Bacchanalia was outlawed by the Senate in 186 BCE, historical records show that it was an orgy of mythical extent. Don;t worry though, even though the Senate up and made a law against it, the participants of Rome didn’t seem to listen lol.

In the Egyptian‘s calendar, today was Smell the Breeze day. Now what does that say to you? Slow down and smell the roses!

Sunday (Sun-day), March 28

The day of the Sun

Greece will finish off the week by celebrating the Birth of Artemis, their Goddess of the Moon.

But the Roman’s will have the final say as well, having their festival called the Sacrifice at the Tombs as they honor all those who have departed this realm for another.

I don’t think people in Rome will get anything done at all this week, do you?

Wishing Pagans and non-Pagans a blessed and productive week…

C.H. SCARLETT

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