Ostara, approximately March 21st (this varies with the year) the Spring Equinox, the first day of spring. In Wicca, the Goddess covers the earth with fertility, and the God grows to maturity. Ostara is historically a Germanic celebration of the Goddess, healing, and rebirth. The egg is a central symbol of rebirth.
Beltane is May 1st. In Wicca, the God enters manhood; the God and the Goddess unite in their love, impregnating the Goddess; this is a celebration of the Goddess's fertility. Beltane is one of the four main Celtic festivals and is also known as May Day. Spirits and fairies are active at this time of the year, and this day is associated with Pan; celebrating growth, fertility, and abundance.
Imbolc is February 1st. In Wicca this day represents the Goddess’s recovery after giving birth to the God; it is the purification after the winter. Imbolc is one of the four Celtic festivals; this festival marks the beginning of spring. Imbolc is the celebration of the Goddess Brigid, a time to honor and respect her, receive her blessings and ask for her protection.
Litha or Mid-summer also is known as the Summer Solstice, approximately June 21st (this varies with the year), is the highest point in power for nature. In Wicca, it is the apex of the power of the God and the Goddess. This festival is the celebration of Summer; it is Germanic in lineage.
August 1st, the time of harvest, called Lughnasadh; it is when nature has reached the peak cycle of life and begins to decline. In Wicca, this is a realization of the cycle of reincarnation, the Goddess knows the God is dying, but he will be reborn as her child. It is historically one of the four Celtic festivals; this is the celebration of the beginning harvest. The God Lugh Marked this day as a day to remember the death of his mother, the Earth Goddess after preparing the Earth for planting.
The Mabon festival originates from Welsh origins, approximately from September 21st to September 24th (this varies with the year), day and night are equal, nature is in decline. In Wicca, the God prepares for the cycle of death and rebirth. In Welsh mythology, Mabon was the son of light and the son of the Earth Goddess. This festival gives thanks for and celebrates the harvest.
October 31st is Samhain. In Wicca, the God's journey has come to an end as he passes through the veil of death and readies himself for rebirth. During this time, the veil between the physical and the supernatural is the thinnest. Samhain is historically one of four Celtic festivals, Samhain marks the beginning of winter, and the doorways to the other world are open. It is a time when Ancestors, Spirits, and Fairies can cross through the door.
Yule is approximately December 21 (this varies with the year) in Wicca; this is the time of rebirth after death. The Goddess gives birth to her son the God, and the God is reborn on the shortest day of the year.
Yule can be traced back to Germanic traditions and was associated with Odin and the wild hunt; blood and animal sacrifices were typical of the Yule celebrations.
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