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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June 21st, Summer Solstice

The longest day and the shortest night of the year occur at the summer solstice. The sun is at its zenith and nature is luxuriant. Medicinal herbs were traditionally harvested the day before the solstice, on 20 June. Flower crowns and bouquets were abundantly made. This solar festival was (and still is) often accompanied by great pyramidal fires lit on hilltops. These fires took different forms in different regions, and were sometimes wheels of fire that were rolled down hills. These community festivities included music, dancing, singing, games and story telling and continued all night until sunrise.

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