Posts Tagged ‘Paganism’

Midsummer

June 24, 2009

Midsummer, Summer Solstice, the Feast Day of St. John, call it what you will. Today marks the pagan festival of Midsummer where, over most of the Northern Hemisphere, bonfires shall be lit and maypoles shall be danced around. Here is a Wikipedia article about it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midsummer

And here’s something from the BBC Website:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/paganism/holydays/summersolstice.shtml

Today is also the Ratha Yatra festival in Hinduism, commemorating Krishna’s return to his people after a long absence:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ratha_Yatra

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Groundhog Day

February 2, 2009

Today in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania and in other locations accross America is Groundhog Day where their resident groundhog, known as Punxsutawney Phil, will predict how long to go before the Spring. So if you’re wondering how long it’ll be until you can turn the heating down have a look at this:

http://www.groundhog.org/

And here’s a video with Phil in action:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=1jVtx0o-Pn8

Groundhog Day also coincides with the Christain Festival of Candlemas and the Pagan festival of Imbolc. Here’s some information from the BBC about them:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/holydays/candlemas.shtml

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/paganism/holydays/imbolc.shtml