Litha/Midsummer Customs and Practice — ravenhawks’ magazine

Litha/Midsummer Customs and Practice Just as the Pagan Midwinter celebration of Yule was adopted by Christians as “Christmas” (December 25), so too the Pagan Midsummer celebration was adopted by them as the Feast of John the Baptist (June 24). Occurring 180 degrees apart on the wheel of the year, the Midwinter celebration commemorates the birth […] Litha/Midsummer Customs and Practice — ravenhawks’ magazine Continue reading Litha/Midsummer Customs and Practice — ravenhawks’ magazine

Litha/Midsummer/Summer Solstice — ravenhawks’ magazine

Litha/Midsummer Midsummer is also sometimes referred to as Litha. Litha is(pronounced “LITH-ah”). The celebration of Midsummer’s Eve was from ancient times linked to the summer solstice. People believed that mid-summer plants had miraculous and healing powers and they, therefore, picked them on this night. Bonfires were lit to protect against evil spirits which were believed […] Litha/Midsummer/Summer Solstice — ravenhawks’ magazine Continue reading Litha/Midsummer/Summer Solstice — ravenhawks’ magazine

Beltane/Beltaine/May Day — ravenhawks’ magazine

Brief History of Beltane Beltane has been translated in many ways. One translation is “Bel-fire” or “Bel’s fire.” Bel, Beli, Belenos, Balar, or Belinus is the ancient Celtic god of light and fire. This god’s actual name may not have been Bel, as Bel could well have been a title, a term of respect, as […] via Beltane/Beltaine/May Day — ravenhawks’ magazine Continue reading Beltane/Beltaine/May Day — ravenhawks’ magazine

Happy Earth Day !

Earth Day, the annual event celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. First observed in 1970, it now includes events coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network in more than 193 countries. There are many digital Earth Day events taking place today. To find out more, visit the Earth Day website. Earth Day Rosa … Continue reading Happy Earth Day !

Imbolc/Candlemas — ravenhawks’ magazine

Imbolc, (pronounced “IM-bulk” or “EM-bowlk”), also called Oimealg, (“IM-mol’g), by the Druids, is the festival of the lactating sheep. It is derived from the Gaelic word “oimelc” which means “ewes milk”. It is the time of Blessing of the seeds and consecration of agricultural tools. It marks the center point of the dark half of […] via Imbolc/Candlemas — ravenhawks’ magazine Continue reading Imbolc/Candlemas — ravenhawks’ magazine

Chinese New Year – 2020 Year of the Rat: What is it and what does it symbolise

Happy Chinese New Year! Today [Saturday 25 January 2020] marks the start of the Chinese New Year. Otherwise known as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, Chinese New Year always falls on the date of the New Moon closest to the beginning of spring, that being sometime between January 21-February 21, with celebrations lasting for 15 days, ending with the Lantern Festival. Year of … Continue reading Chinese New Year – 2020 Year of the Rat: What is it and what does it symbolise

Christmas Trees: Charting the tree’s journey from farm-to-front room

Christmas trees are a household centrepiece over a short-time during the festive period, yet for Christmas tree farmers it’s a year round process for growing the holiday pines, firs and spruces. Around 98 percent of all Christmas trees are grown on farms, while only 2% are cut from the wild. Even though a huge number of trees are cut down for the use during the festive … Continue reading Christmas Trees: Charting the tree’s journey from farm-to-front room