Seasons of the Witch! Ancient Holidays (and some not so ancient!) c.2011

 Seasons of the Witch!   Ancient Holidays (and some not so ancient!)   

Live each Season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each. ~Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)  

Coronado Day (US Southwest)
Dance of the Secret Places – Fairy
International Clam Chowder Festival
National Chocolate Covered Peanuts Day
National Day – Kuwait
National Don’t Utter a Word Day
Norriture Rituelle des sources têt d’ l’eau – Haiti
Norriture Rituelle des sources têt d’ l’eau – Voudon
Nut’s Day – Ancient Egypt
Pistol Patent Day (Samuel Colt)
Quiet Day
Revolution Day – Suriname
Special Holiday Choiseul Province – Solomon Islands
St. Ethelbert’s Day
St. Tarasius’ Day
St. Walburga’s Day (patron of crops; against coughs, frenzy, plague)
Suriname Revolution Day
Time of the Old Woman begins (until 4 March)

 TIME OF THE OLD WOMEN, lasting up to March 4th, & considered dangerous, especially due to the weather. The Koran says the world will end during this time.

Filling the Granary – On the 25th day of the first lunar month, Chinese grain and rice-merchants make sacrifices to the Granary God (Cangshen). In earlier times, this was the day when everyone feasted on mutton, pork and beef. Blackburn, Bonnie and Leofranc Holford-Strevens, Oxford Companion to the Year, Oxford University Press 1999

St Walburga – This sixth century Anglo-Saxon nun, who became the abbess of the double monastery of Heidenheim in Germany, was also known as a grain protectress. She was depicted holding a sheaf of wheat and was considered a matron of good crops, farmers and pregnant women.

Apparently sheaves of grain dressed like a woman were called Walburga. A legend tells how she disguised herself in a sheaf of grain while fleeing from a pursuer. Her other feast day is Walpurgishnacht (Apr 30), the date her relics were translated, a Christian date superimposed over an old Germanic spring revel, honoring a fertility goddess.Berger, Pamela, The Goddess Obscured, Beacon Press 1985

Day of Frau Holle -A day held sacred by Odinists honoring the industrious nature of women and the rewards they reap for faithlessly helping their folk…often times Gods and Goddesses in peasants clothing. To quote the Havamal “Never mock a wandering man or a guest” Ruthee C Fenian Moon Productions 2002



Seasons of the Witch!   Ancient Holidays (and some not so ancient!)