Seasons of the Witch – Legends and Lore, Ancient Holidays And Some Not So Ancient!

Seasons of the Witch – Legends and Lore, Ancient Holidays And Some Not So Ancient!


Today Is …

Night of the Shooting Stars. Make a wish each time you see one in the night sky.
Egypt/Kemet: The Opet Festival continued in Egypt on this day, when the statue of Amun was ferried in a procession from the temple at Karnak to Luxor.
“India: Festival of Yashodhara”: Yashodhara, wife of the Buddha, was born on this date 600 b.c.

Nepal: Ghanta Karna Day ~ A centuries-old festival called Ghanta Karna Day is celebrated annually around this time of August in the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal. The event celebrates the death of Ghanta Karna, a blood thirsty Hindu demon who haunts crossroads and is the sworn enemy of the God Vishnu.

August 10-12 – Puck Fair – A three-day festival held in the little village of Killorglin in County Kerry. On the evening of the first day, Gathering Day, a white puck (from the Gaelic poc, a male goat), his horns bedecked with ribbons and rosettes, is borne in triumph in a lorry to a platform in the square. The Foley family is charged with the task of caring for the goat, which includes feeding him cabbages. On the following day, Puck’s Fair Day, the decorated King presides over a great cattle, horse and sheep fair. On the final day, Scattering Day or Children’s Day, the goat-king is dethroned by a throng of excited children. Accompanied by pipers, he is processed through town and over the bridge, whereupon he is turned loose. Or, according to MacNeill, he is carried around on the shoulders of four men, while the shopkeepers contribute to his upkeep, then auctioned off.

This fair was once a Lammas Fair as indicated by a patent from 1613 that gives the proprietor the right “to hold a faire in Killorglin on Lammas Day and the day after.” When the calendar was changed in 1752, it included an exemption for fairs stating that they might continue to be held on the natural day of the year to which people were accustomed.

Although it is tempting to see the goat as evidence of an ancient pagan rite, MacNeill develops a convincing argument that it was a rather late development, perhaps first appearing in the 18th century, and influenced by English fair customs.

MacNeill, Maire, The Festival of Lughnasa, Oxford University Press 1962

Wiltshire, England – TAN HILL FAIR is held on the highest peak of Wiltshire Downs, miles from any town, a survival from ancient times. Salt beef & beans eaten.

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