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Posted: 10-Jul-2003, 03:46 PM
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The Sabbats




Samhain; Sunset, October 31 to sunrise, November 1
Other names: Calan Gaeaf, Halloween, All Hallows Eve
Life events celebrated: Death to Impregnation
Other information: Feast of the Dead and New Year's celebration



Yule; Sunset, longest night to following sunset
Other names: An Fheill-Shlinnein, Alban Arthan, Giula or Geola
Life events celebrated: Birth
Other information: Rebirth of the sun



Imbolc; Sunset, February 1 to sunset, February 2
Other names: Candlemas, Oimelc, Brigid, Lupercalia
Life events celebrated: Childhood
Other information: Mid-winter festival



Eostre; Sunset of vernal equinox to the following sunset
Other names: Lady Day, Co-Thad-Thrath, Alban Eilir, Ostara
Life events celebrated: Puberty
Other information: First fertility festival for Spring planting.



Bealtaine, April 30 to Sunset, May 1
Other names: Bel-tuinn, Walpurgisnacht, May Eve, Cyntefyn, Roodmass,
Cetshamain
Life events celebrated: First sexual union
Other information: Major fertility and purification festival
Leitha; Sunset, shortest night to following day sunset
Other names: Grian-Stad, Alban Hefin, Midsummer
Life events celebrated: Maturity and strength
Other information: Celebration of strength, agility, etc.,



Lammas; Sunset, July 31 to Sunset, August 1
Other names: Lughnasadh, August Eve
Life events celebrated: Middle age
Other information: Major fire festival.



Mabon; Sunset, autumn equinox to following sunset
Other names: Harvestide, Alban Elfed, Harvest Home
Life events celebrated: Old Age
Other information: First harvest festival


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Posted: 11-Jul-2003, 03:05 PM
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delete my post! biggrin.gif

(ever read Goethe's Faust? He describes the Walpurgisnacht wonderfully! (mind, he was brought up a sceptic, but he has an excellent style, and Faust is his best works of all))


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Posted: 11-Jul-2003, 03:19 PM
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No I haven't. I am not as well read I want to be. blink.gif
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It's force-fed to every german pupil tongue.gif Goethe is the arch-enemy of every german school-goer... I got behind the magic of that book later, when I read it for the second time (actually for the first time, I only tagged along in school, trying to keep my eyes open). If you are interested in that sort of thing (it's a play) you might like it. Maybe you can find a translated version somewhere...
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Posted: 11-Jul-2003, 03:41 PM
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I am positive there are many translations available.
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thankyou for that interesting bit of info the both of you thumbs_up.gif
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Thanks for sharing all those Sabbats dates. I knew Samhain and Bealtaine from a few readings but it is great to know them all. Those celebrations are definitely closer to the many cycles of life than the usual (and saddly, commercial) holidays...


(ouch! Sorry if my sentences are crappy. My brain is switch off this morning)


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Posted: 15-Jun-2004, 10:45 PM
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why didn't you include mid-summer?


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Aren't they wonderful all the celtic sabbats, and how lucky we are to have them to enjoy......

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Posted: 06-Nov-2004, 05:10 PM
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Thanks for the info on the Sabbats!


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That's a nice little summary of the sabbats smile.gif

I'm just wondering... you said, Imbolc was on February 1st (and so on) why is that? Is there any special reason for that?


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" why didn't you include mid-summer?"

She did; Litha.

"I'm just wondering... you said, Imbolc was on February 1st (and so on) why is that? Is there any special reason for that?"

Sabbats fall on the quarter and cross-quarter days; summer and winter solstices, spring and autumnal equinoxes, and in between the solstices and equinoxes, dividing the year into quarters, then eighths. They're often depicted as spokes on a wheel; the Wheel of the Year.


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I was told that the dates of Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane and Lammas are connected to the stars. That for example Litha is the sabbat of the summer solistice and Lammas follows as soon as the stars are in the right position, which means in this case 15° of lion.
But this kind of view implies that the date of the four sabbats not directly belonging to the solar events chance the actual date. That would make the dates of those four something around 6th of february, may, august and november.

This was why I asked, I was just wondering if you'd say I was told wrong.

And I'd just add a sorry for if my English's not good. I'm German and it's late. *g*
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according to some of my reading, the dates that aren't solstice or equinox related were often set by planting or harvest times, so depending on where you were geographically you could be celebrating them anywhere from a week to two weeks apart. Since we're really not (in many cases, anyway) an agrarian society, the dates have been fixed.


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Also you must remeber that the old calendars were lunar based, 28 day cycles, and would not correspond to our modern calendar dates.

So our Feb 1st is not the same day that the old ones celebrated on.


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