Pagan Holidays: Modern Celebrations of Primordial Forces

Since time immemorial humans have celebrated the unknown and primordial forces that surround us with great festivals and holidays.

Many argue that these traditions gave way to our modern holidays through appropriation, but modern Pagans are reclaiming and retooling the ancient celebrations for a contemporary age. Holidays like Yule, Ostara, Litha, and Mabon mark the solstices and seasons, while Beltane, Lammas, Samhain, and many others are throwbacks to our primordial roots—celebrating fertility, the harvest, and the unknown.

Here our writers explore the varied celebrations and devotions that accompany Pagan holidays and examine how they enhance Pagan spirituality.

For more information on Pagan holidays and practices please visit our Pagan Channel, and/or our Pagan library page.

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