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Author Topic: What's your favorite holiday?  (Read 15046 times)

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Re: What's your favorite holiday?
« Reply #75 on: September 27, 2012, 10:13:46 am »
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(sorry if i misunderstood your queston, my english is not the best)

I think you might have misunderstood, yes.  Spring is the beginning of the planting season (March, April, May), which is why the rains returning would have been important.  Autumn is what it is right now in the northern hemisphere--the end of the harvest season.

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Re: What's your favorite holiday?
« Reply #76 on: September 27, 2012, 10:17:39 am »
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I think you might have misunderstood, yes.  Spring is the beginning of the planting season (March, April, May), which is why the rains returning would have been important.  Autumn is what it is right now in the northern hemisphere--the end of the harvest season.

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Actually, I don't understand your question either. It seems to me like you both are saying the same thing. :confused:

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Re: What's your favorite holiday?
« Reply #77 on: September 27, 2012, 10:24:44 am »
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Actually, I don't understand your question either. It seems to me like you both are saying the same thing. :confused:


You're absolutely right. I missed the part about May (I think because it wasn't capitalized, my eyes skimmed right over it).  Sorry about that, Sarkana-night.

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Re: What's your favorite holiday?
« Reply #78 on: September 27, 2012, 10:27:50 am »
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You're absolutely right. I missed the part about May (I think because it wasn't capitalized, my eyes skimmed right over it).  Sorry about that, Sarkana-night.

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well, that's all right! I thought I was the one that misunderstood you :)

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Re: What's your favorite holiday?
« Reply #79 on: October 01, 2012, 12:57:04 pm »
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For me Autumn Equinox hands down. I love autumn, the weather is lovely- not too hot & not yet too cold. All the leaves changing colors.

 
Autumn Equinox for me, too.  Good food, excellent colors on the trees, the promise of winter and a good time to reflect on what they year has brought.  It's followed, in order of favorites, by Yule, which, corny as it sounds, is close enough to Christmas that I can enjoy the best of both.  Or at least what I can fit in this pesky broom-closet....lol
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Re: What's your favorite holiday?
« Reply #80 on: October 01, 2012, 04:08:51 pm »
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Autumn Equinox for me, too.  Good food, excellent colors on the trees, the promise of winter and a good time to reflect on what they year has brought.

 
Yeah, the equinox signals to me the most fun part of the year.  
Right now we're not feeling much of a seasonal change, unfortunately.  It's 105 outside.  :ashamed:
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Re: What's your favorite holiday?
« Reply #81 on: October 01, 2012, 05:02:17 pm »
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Yeah, the equinox signals to me the most fun part of the year.  
Right now we're not feeling much of a seasonal change, unfortunately.  It's 105 outside.  :ashamed:

 
It was actually pretty seasonal here around the Equinox up until the last couple of days, when randomly it shot up to 29C. Which.. through me through a loop.

And then I remembered: "Oh right. Prairies."
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Re: What's your favorite holiday?
« Reply #82 on: October 01, 2012, 08:34:09 pm »
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It was actually pretty seasonal here around the Equinox up until the last couple of days, when randomly it shot up to 29C. Which.. through me through a loop.

And then I remembered: "Oh right. Prairies."

 
And then I remembered: "Oh right.  Desert."  :eek:
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Re: What's your favorite holiday?
« Reply #83 on: December 30, 2012, 03:54:08 pm »
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For the sake of getting things rolling in this subforum, here's a real easy one:

What's your favorite Pagan holiday or festival, and why?

Autumnal Equinox / Samhain / Halloween

Autumn is my favorite season. I feel most alive and energized during this time of the year. I have a very strong memory of the scent of fallen leaves, pumpkin, and mist in the air as well as the sound of crunching leaves and cool air on my face that goes back to one particular day in my childhood. I remember feeling utterly happy in that moment and my senses loving everything about it. I don't just love autumn. I feel emotionally connected to it.

I like the traditions of Samhain and seeing death or those who have passed as not something to fear but to celebrate.

On a more basic level. I love costumes (I was in drama in high school) and make believe, so of course I love Halloween (we call it Beggar's Night). I am a rather young grandma and my grandchildren love Halloween probably more than Christmas. Our whole family (Husband, son, daughter in law, and grandkids) make an event out of decorating the house and front yard for Halloween, buying costumes, making Halloween treats, and trick or treating is a big family outing.

My second favorite is Midsummer / Litha because it has a lot of faerie lore associated with it.
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Re: What's your favorite holiday?
« Reply #84 on: February 14, 2013, 09:20:49 am »
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For the sake of getting things rolling in this subforum, here's a real easy one:

What's your favorite Pagan holiday or festival, and why?

 
I have 2 favorites Yule & Ostara:)

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Re: What's your favorite holiday?
« Reply #85 on: February 16, 2013, 08:51:46 am »
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Samhain/Hallowe'en (both religiously and secular-ly).

 
Same. I have always loved that time of year, it's when I feel most inspired and alive.
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Re: What's your favorite holiday?
« Reply #86 on: February 16, 2013, 12:18:55 pm »
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Same. I have always loved that time of year, it's when I feel most inspired and alive.

 
I have two top ones: Beltaine and Samhain.

At Beltaine I always feel more energized and ready to just DO something. Those bonfires get me really hyped.
Samhain was just always my favorite time of the year. The feeling of otherness, of something just right there but slightly out of reach, the chance to see death as something normal and as a part of existence. And then the part where we get to dress up and just be a bit silly for the night is also nice. :P

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What's your favorite holiday?
« Reply #87 on: February 16, 2013, 12:29:09 pm »
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I'm the same exact way.  Autumn is my absolute favorite season, and Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  I just love the feeling of that holiday/time of the year, there's something about it that I just can't describe.

Thanksgiving and Christmas are great, too, not for religious reasons but, like you said, because it reminds me of my family.

As far as favorite pagan holidays...I'd say Saturnalia and Floralia (dedicated to the goddess of flowers and spring growth).

I too love Thanksgiving. I don't feel that it has to be a Christian holiday. I live in farm country and by Thanksgiving the harvest is almost always done. It seems appropriate to have a harvest feast, to celebrate the bounty of the harvest with family, with many of the foods we have grown. It seems appropriate to give thanks for the bounty of food, the bounty of the garden, and for our many blessings.

Although my family is not all pagan, I am often asked to speak a blessing before this feast. Because we all share a belief in a higher power, I speak to our shared beliefs. We hold hands in a circle and join in a prayer that spans across several faiths. And this has helped my family to embrace my paganism. So while Thanksgiving is not part of the wheel of the year as celebrated by many pagans, I nonetheless love the holiday probably more than any other.
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Re: What's your favorite holiday?
« Reply #88 on: February 16, 2013, 11:10:18 pm »
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For the sake of getting things rolling in this subforum, here's a real easy one:

What's your favorite Pagan holiday or festival, and why?

Does it really have to be pagan?

April fools day, Independence day (USA), Halloween, Christmas, New Years. I enjoy observing Memorial Day as well.

What can I say...I'm a patriot.
 
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Re: What's your favorite holiday?
« Reply #89 on: March 02, 2013, 04:52:57 pm »
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For the sake of getting things rolling in this subforum, here's a real easy one:

What's your favorite Pagan holiday or festival, and why?

 
I have to say that my favorite holiday has to be Karneia. Of course Apollon's festivals are in general my favorite festivals in my calendar, but Karneia is extra special I think. Apollon Karneios is the form of Apollon that was honored by all Doric peoples and so Pausanias mentions him in just about every Doric land he goes to. It honors Apollon who nurtures things into maturity, into fruitfulness. Shepherds on this day would sacrifice their finest rams and goats to Apollon Karneios, and the festival celebrated the first fruits of the vine harvest...the immature fruits (rather like the immature grains of wheat offered at Thargelia) that are particular used for making rich dessert wines, that kicks off the autumnal grape harvest :) Traditionally a cloak was woven and given to Apollon during this festival in honor of him, the goat horned god Apollon Karneios.

I hosted a local Karneia last year and it was a lot of fun. We had three divisions for a mens race a womens race and a childrens race. The winners each got a polymer medallion I made with the head of Apollon Karneios. There is a lot of feasting involved too of course...but that can be said of Hellenic festivals in any case :D

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