Do Pagans Celebrate Earth Day?
By Patti Wigington, About.com
Question: Do Pagans Celebrate Earth Day?
I know that there are eight Pagan sabbats during the year, as well as a bunch of Esbats, but I also notice you’ve got Earth Day on the calendar. Is Earth Day even a Pagan or Wiccan holiday?
Well, no, it’s not, but then again neither is Tartan Day or the anniversary of Bewitched, but those are on the calendar too. It’s important to note, however, that many Pagans and Wiccans view the environment as something really important. Although it’s not an “official” Pagan or Wiccan holiday, if you’ve sworn to be a steward of our planet, then Earth Day is as good a reason as any other to honor Mother Earth.
The first Earth Day celebration was held in 1970, and sponsored by the Earth Day Network. This annual celebration is a time when people worldwide honor our planet and (hopefully) take a few minutes to try to make a difference in the world.
Some things you can do to make a difference in your own space? Try one of the following:
- Turn off the lights you’re not using
- Pick up some garbage that isn’t yours
- Ride a bike to work instead of driving
- Plant a tree
- Use cloth grocery bags instead of paper or plastic
- Recycle your stuff
- Plant a garden of your own, or buy from local growers
- Build a birdhouse
- Adopt a stream
- Shut off appliances that don’t have to be on all the time
Regardless of how you observe this day, even if it’s just for a few minutes, take the time to thank the earth for her gifts, and take a moment to be glad we’re part of it.