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Readers Respond: Do you have a non-traditional Pagan holiday?

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Do you have a spiritual celebration that doesn't fit into traditional Pagan teachings? Maybe you celebrate the life of a departed loved one or you honor Earth Day as a sacred event. Plenty of people celebrate holidays other than the eight Sabbats -- tell us about your unique or unusual Pagan celebration!

International Women's Day

I follow a Goddess Centered path, and as a feminist pagan I observe International Women's Day, March 8th. I do a small ritual to honor the Goddess in Her triple form and remember all the women in the world who are still suffering from the oppressions of misogyny.
—Guest A Witch Renewed

Non-Wiccan Holidays

I'm a Tameran Wiccan, which means I combine Wiccan practices with ancient Egyptian practices and worship the Egyptian deities. I like to celebrate the eight Sabbats, but I also celebrate a lot of Egyptian holidays, and even the secular holidays like Thanksgiving, Canada Day (I live in Canada), and Remembrance Day. I also hold rituals on my birthday (as well as my husband's and son's). I also see every day as a day of celebration. Oh, and I also have rituals on the full moon, of course.
—Guest Aurora

Native American Respect Day

Since becoming friends with an Apache man many years ago, I have honored the day after Thanksgiving as a day of atonement for all the native tribes who were devasted by the invading white settlers. I deeply appreciated what he taught me, and this is a day of remembering his kindness; and the kindness of so many tribes, in the face of ill-treatment.
—Thunderhoof

"Non-traditional" Pagan Holidays

In todays Universe everything about being Pagan or Wiccan is considered "non-traditional." That is why we have all chosen this path: or if raised in the tradition, continued on this path; because we found our spiritual beliefs did not follow the traditional path. I believe as long as you are not celebrating the harming of another being; celebrating or honoring anything that is sacred to you is perfect. I personally do not follow most traditional Sabbaths, but I honor my ancestors, guardians, angels, guides and the general wisdom of the Universe whenever the spirit moves me... so to speak. Embrace the flexibility that is our spiritual path. Remember all of life is sacred to someone and living life in vibrant color is celebrating the daily Holiday of Life! Blessed Be!
—Guest Lifescolors

Holy Days

I make a point to do a special ritual on my birthday done at the time I was born. This year I have started having rituals on Memorial Day and 4th of July so that I can appreciate the freedoms I do have.
—APippinger

Firefly Night

When the first fireflies begin coming out, my family has a sort of free form ritual, that celebrates summer and the freedom and wonder that surround the little glowy bugs!
—Guest Gemma

Firefly Night

When the first fireflies begin coming out, my family has a sort of free form ritual, that celebrates summer and the freedom and wonder that surround the little glowy bugs!
—Guest Gemma

Animal Day

In April, we seem to find a lot of our animal friends, and where we live, it's just starting to warm up, so we celebrate our animals (black cat, white cat, brown dog, spotted dog), as well as my spirit animal (a graceful giraffe). We bring them wherever, and give them homebaked treats charged with love.
—Guest Charana

Non-Pagan Holidays

I come from an ethnically-diverse family, so we celebrate June 12th as Loving Day. It's the anniversary of Loving vs. Virginia, which finally struck down the anti-miscegenation laws. We also celebrate Kwanzaa.
—Guest Emma

Accepting the God and Goddess

I have decided to celebrate March 16th, as that was the day I accepted the God and Goddess into my heart. I was overcome suddenly with a loving presence that I knew could only be the Goddess. I had planned to initiate myself as Eclectic about a month from then, but I knew that the Goddess was calling to me at that moment. I stood up and proclaimed that I was accepting the Goddess right here, right now. Now, I always light one of my best candles each year, I recharge my chalice, and praise the Goddess with all my might, leaving a food offering outside for Her and her creatures of the earth.
—Guest Faun

Grandmother's Day

I was born May 13, two years and one day after my Grandmother's death, so every May 12th I give thanks to her for raising my mother, my aunt, and my uncle. I honor the memories that my mother has of her, that she's passed down to my sister and I through telling stories of her childhood. Someday, on May 12th, I want to go with my family to Maine, where she's buried(It's not really all that easy at the moment, since we live in Colorado), and give her some flowers.
—Guest Ej

Nights of the Hidden Face

In my practice I honor lunar eclipses as a manifestation of Sabdh Lycisca Lunari, the Lunar-Wolf Goddess of the Moon. These times when she turns away her light are a fusion of the full and dark Moon and thus hold the power of both.
—Guest Draconis

A Wiccan living closer to the equator

I'm a solitary eclectic Wiccan living in Sri Lanka, a small island in the Indian Ocean. So the eight Sabbaths don't apply to me that well. After all Wicca is about celebrating nature, her bounty and the changes that occur in our surroundings. Therefore celebrating Sabbaths just because they are in the calendar seems fake to me. For example, Summer in the northern hemisphere is the rainy season in Sri Lanka. So instead of celebrating the Sabbaths of summer I prefer to hold a small celebration to honor the rains. I also integrate Wiccan rituals into local festivals, which are closely related to changes in nature even though most people are unaware of it today. For example, in April Sri Lankan's celebrate New Year and the 'sun' festival to thank nature for the year's harvest. (Today it has mostly turned into a shopping season.) Deepavali&Wesak are festivals of light. I am very glad for the flexibility and independence Wicca offers. Are there any other Wiccans in our region who agree?
—Guest Hansi

Ritual Days

Ritual is very personal to me, I dont really follow the wheel of the year because to me every day is sacred/holy, I have very spontaneous rituals and celebrations, on Halloween for example I might light candles and honor the dead and my ancestors and make a big deal out of it or I might drink and party and watch horror films, It all depends on my mood and what my Intuition says to do... Today was not a ritual day in my beliefs but I have candles lit, incense and sage burning and The Chieftans playing on the cd player.
—Guest Terry

The Day of the Witch

Loudon is Nov 22, The Day of The Witch, the only day a new Witch can join the craft in the tradition I was raised in. Also ritual days are random and can be held in the daytime or evening in or out of doors.
—Guest Ace

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