So, we Wiccans have an official calendar of celebrations known as The Wheel of the Year. I was just thinking about my own personal wheel and thought I’d note it down for my own amusement:
Imbolc: 2nd February – celebrated by making ehoumaki and throwing soy beans out of the house whilst chanting ‘Oni wa soto, Fuku wa uchi!’
Valentine’s Day: 14th February – Father Valentine gives out strange and bizarre gifts across Lancaster
White Day: 14th March – Private gifts given
Mother’s Day: Around 14th March – Send card and gift to Mum
Eostre: Spring Equinox – celebrated by egg hunts and egg painting. Eostre gifts are exchanged.
Hanami: When The Cherry Blossoms Come Out (often before the Equinox) – Picnic of Japanese food in Williamson Park
Beltane: 1st May – varies year to year but usually involves bright ribbons and occaisionally a Maypole
Litha: Summer Solstice – it varies year to year but I like it involving FIRE
Lammas: 1st/2nd August – celebrated with a party involving playing pinata and a symbl
Mabon: Autumn Equinox – celebrated with private meditations
Samhain: 31st October – celebrated with jack o’lanterns and a circle and symbl
Yule: Winter Solstice – celebrated by making a wreath and burning last years wreath
M-i-L’s Christmas: Around the time of the Solstice – celebrated with a big meal at M-i-L’s and present swapping.
New Year: 31st December – celebrated with a big party!
I’m gradually finding my own celebrations within my religion.