The eight annuel natural celebrations


Winter solstice, the Jul (or Yule) festivall
Imbolc, the celebration of 1 February
Spring equinox, Easter
May Day, Beltane
Summer solstice
Lugnasad, the celebretion of the grain harvest
Autumn equinox
Samhain, the remembrance of the dead and the saints

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March 21st, Spring Equinox, Ostara, Pâques, Easter

Day and night are of equal length at the equinox. The weather becomes warmer, buds and flowers appear on plants, hibernating animals awaken, and migratory birds return. The goddess of spring, Eostre, or Ostara, also returns, her young girl’s or lover’s face beaming. This goddess of youth, love, and the greening earth brings with her the light of the first dawn of the year to occur due east.
When Christianisation took place, the name Pâques, from the Greek “Paskha”, meaning passage, was given to this festival. A mysterious treasure hunt has taken place on Easter morning since time immemorial: people of all ages rush outside to search for sweets in the garden: confectionary eggs, chickens, bells and rabbits, the latter symbolising the mating season. Wells and springs were decorated and people would go in early morning to bring pure water from these places.

Content and conception graphic: Pierre Albuisson    Presentation of content and Web désign:   Translation : Marcia Hadjimarkos