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~ IN PROGRESS - This won't get finished this weekend, please do not post anything to this thread until I am done. Thank you. ~
On this calendar you will find all major faith festivals, secular festivals and spiritual and astrological events and dates. Each month one of these will be showcased in more detail on the main board, starting summer 2012, with suggestions how you could celebrate and/or capitalise on the energies.
My idea is that, as we look at some celebrations in more detail, we can collect information and supplement the calendar, which will be links only to begin with. Therefore, please contribute any information you have on any of the showcased festivals and dates each month.
If you have a date or event to add please post it in this thread. I have not included minor festivals or most saints' days, but if YOU celebrate it and are a part of this board, I can include it for you.
* - Denotes Catholicism only
Paganism and Wicca
Spiritual and Astrological (non-denominational)
Other Faith (stated in text)
10th - Corpus Christi* A celebration of The Eucharist ritual.
29th - Michaelmas / Feast Day of St Michael and All Angels
Included on our calendar because so many of us work with angels, this is the feast day particularly of those angels featured in the Bible - Michael and Gabriel, and in some versions, Raphael and Uriel. Michaelmas Customs (Michaelmas is Today (29th Sept)!)
30th - Full Moon
1st - Sukkot / Feast of Tabernacles
A harvest festival and commemoration of the years spent by the first Jews in the desert on their journey to the Promised Land. BBC - Religions - Judaism: Sukkot
31st - All Hallows' Eve / Hallowe'en
The night before All Saints' Day in the Christian calendar.
All Souls' Day follows as well as the Mexican Dia de Los Muertos, and the secular Hallowe'en festival now centres around this being the point of the year when the veil between the physical world and departed souls is at its thinnest. BBC - Religions - Christianity: All Hallows' Eve
24th - Christmas Eve
A night of feasting and celebration the day before Christmas Day. In some countries in Europe this is the main holiday.
25th - Christmas Day
A commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ, which is celebrated as a special family and gift-giving time even amongst non-Christians, such has been its influence and importance. BBC - Religions - Christianity: Christmas
26th - Boxing Day / St Stephen's Day
In modern times this is part of the Christmas festival being a bank holiday in most places. In the past, it was a day to share a Christmas box of gifts with the poor.
28th - Full Moon
31st - New Year's Eve / Hogmanay
In many countries this is the main secular New Year, a time of celebration and looking forward to new beginnings, hopes and dreams.