Paganism

Celebrating Lúnasa

Lá Lúnasa (Lughnasa being the more ancient spelling) the first day of August is a day when people celebrate Lugh the Celtic God who would bring a good harvest or who, if not satisfied, could bring his wrath in storms that could destroy the harvest. Halfway between the summer solstice and autumn equinox Lughnasadh is one of the…

Celebrating the Summer Solstice

The summer solstice has arrived in the northern hemisphere on June 21, bringing with it the longest day in the year which means lots of extra sunlight for festivities. The day is considered to be sacred by many pagans around the world who celebrate the solstice among their other yearly holidays. The summer solstice is one of four…

Celebrating Lá Bealtaine

April’s showers have given way to a rich and fertile earth, and as the land greens, there are few celebrations as representative of fertility or few pagan sabbats feel more pagan than as Bealtaine. Observed on May 1st (or October 31 – November 1 for our Southern Hemisphere readers) festivities typically begin the evening before, on…

Seven Ways Pagans Celebrate Earth Day

Paganism is a nature religion or earth-centred spirituality. A nature religion is one that has “a this-worldly focus and deep reverence for the earth as something sacred and something to be cherished. Not surprisingly then, Earth Day (April 22) is a holy day for many Pagans. Here are some ways that Pagans celebrate Earth Day.  …

Census 2016 Results: Large Growth in No Religion, Orthodox Christianity and Hinduism in Ireland

Preliminary Results from the 2016 Census released by the Central Statistics Office last week show that Orthodox Christianity and Hinduism were the fastest growing religion in Ireland between 2011 and 2016 (Chapter 8, Religion (PDF)) Orthodox Christianity, which included Greek, Coptic, Russian and others, grew by 37.5% during the five years. In 2011 there were…

Celebrating the Spring Equinox 2017

The spring equinox occurs on 20th March; a cyclic event where the Earth’s North and South poles are not tilted toward or away from the sun meaning that the sun will rise exactly in the east and travel through the sky for 12 hours before setting in the exactly west. Day and night are of equal lengths. It…

Interfaith Calendar 2017

Almost each day of the year is a sacred time for someone, somewhere. This inclusive religious calendar for nine major world religions: Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism, Judaism, Islam, Paganism, Shinto and Sikhism, as well as Humanist/Secular dates. We hope you will come to this page regularly to learn about the festivals of your spiritual tradition…

Celebrating Samhain 2016

In late October and early November, many witches, Wiccans and other pagans around the Northern Hemisphere celebrate Samhain, an ancient Celtic festival in celebration of autumn harvest and the onset of winter. Samhain is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals, along with Lúnasa, Imbolc and Beltane. The timing of contemporary Samhain celebrations varies according to spiritual tradition and…

Pagan Federation of Ireland’s Response to Bigot Goes Viral

In a Facebook message to the Pagan Federation Ireland, an American named Sarah writes that she and her fiance, who are planning to marry and honeymoon in Ireland and that they are Odinists (an ‘indigenous form of heathen religion dedicated to the gods of the Norse pantheon) seeking “similarly- minded” clergy to conduct the service. She…

7 Ways To Give Your Spiritual Life A Spring Cleaning This Season

The spring equinox fell just over a week ago on 20th March, this year, marking the time when the sun passes over the celestial equator. It’s a day many pagans observe as Ostara, a holiday of renewal and rebirth that celebrates the transition from winter to spring. Paganism and its many permutations, including Wicca, are nature religions that honour…

Celebrating the Spring Equinox 2016

The spring equinox occurs on 20th March; a cyclic event where the Earth’s North and South poles are not tilted toward or away from the sun meaning that the sun will rise exactly in the east and travel through the sky for 12 hours before setting in the exactly west. Day and night are of equal lengths. It…

Interfaith Calendar 2016

Almost each day of the year is a sacred time for someone, somewhere. This inclusive religious calendar for nine major world religions: Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism, Judaism, Islam, Paganism, Shinto and Sikhism. We hope you will come to this page regularly to learn about the festivals of your religious tradition as well as your neighbours’…

Celebrating the Spring Equinox 2015

20th March was a powerful day which saw a new moon ‘supermoon,’ total solar eclipse and the spring equinox falling on the same day. We witnessed a very rare astronomical event which has the potential to stir up some very profound energetic shifts for our personal and collective transformations. However the spring equinox, a more cyclic…

Interfaith Calendar 2015

Almost each day of the year is a sacred time for someone, somewhere. This inclusive religious calendar for nine major world religions: Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism, Judaism, Islam, Paganism, Shinto and Sikhism. We hope you will come to this page regularly to learn about the festivals of your religious tradition as well as your neighbours’…

Feile Draiochta 2014

Féile Draíochta – Ireland’s festival of Magic and Spirituality. Kick of your season countdown to Samhain (Halloween) with this year’s event which takes place at the Camden Court Hotel, Camden Street, Dublin, on Saturday, 4th October. This festival is a day packed full of talks, workshops, exhibitions, demos, and includes an exceptional magical market place for all…