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The Wheel of the Year and their explanations...


The Wheel of the Year

Wheel of the Year
 
Yule - December 21
Imbolc - February 2
Ostara - March 21
Beltane - May 1
Litha - June 21
Lughnassadh - August 1
Mabon - September 21
Samhain - October 31/November 1

Yule (December 21)
 
Also known as Winter Solstice, can be from December 20 - 23. It varies according to the date on the calandar according to when the Solstice will occur astronomically.
 
(...to be continued...)

Lughnassadh (August 1st) is almost like a Thanksgiving for Pagans. Pagan's celebrate the darkening of the year as winter comes closer by thanking of the Goddess and God for the past harvest and bounty of the land earlier in the year.
 
Much feasting and dancing occur, but it's definately more somber than many of the other holidays. Most Pagans celebrate this holiday by baking bread and cake for the coming winter and don't do many rituals. Pagans see this as a time when the God loses his strength as the Sun rises farther south each day and the nights grow longer. As summer finishes, Wiccans remember its warmth and give thanks to the food we eat.
 
Other names for this holiday include Lammas, August Eve, and the Feast of Bread.