Almost all Pagans celebrate a cycle of eight festivals, which are spaced every six or seven weeks through the year and divide the wheel of the year into eight segments.
The main four festivals have Celtic origins and are known by their Celtic names. They are Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane and Lughnasadh. The rites practiced at these festivals help to attune yourself with the natural rhythm of life forces marked by the phases of the moon and the seasonal quarters.
The other four festivals are related to the solar calendar. These are: Spring Equinox, Autumn Equinox, Summer Solstice and Winter Solstice or, as they are called in the Celtic tradition: Alban Eilir, Alban Hefin, Alban Elfed and Alban Arthan. Neolithic sites such as Stonehenge (UK) and Pömmelte (DE) act as gigantic solar calendars which marked the solstices and equinoxes and show that solar festivals have been significant dates for thousands of years.
At the “Keltische Schule für Naturspiritualität“ – Oak Wisdom – in Altdorf bei Nürnberg you are welcome to celebrate these festivals with us. We gather on the dates marked below at 11.00 o’clock and start with a short talk about the festival. Then it’s time to have a potluck lunch together. After lunch we start preparing the festival ritual, do the ritual and finish the ritual around 16.00 hours. Before we leave at 17.00 hours we have a drink together and reflect on the ritual.
If you would like to join us for one of these festivals, write us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We ask for a small fee of 20 euros when you want to attend to cover the costs (location, coffee, tea, etc.). Gatherings are mostly on Saturdays. Spoken languages are Deutsch, English, Nederlands. When you register we will send you practical info about the gathering. Mind you, the maximum number of people to attend is set on 12. To get an idea of the venue, have a look at our gallery page.
N.B. when you are a member of the Noreia seedgroup the dates are not applicable for the Noreia celebrations.
Also known as
Gathering date in Altdorf
First spring festival, season of new-borns
Day and night equally long, start of sowing season
Spring festival; growth and fertility
Power of the Sun, abundance, longest day, declining light
First harvest festival; transformation
Day and night equally long; end of harvest
Endings, beginnings, Otherworld, remembering ancestors
Shortest day, return of the light