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Question of the Week: 29 - 2/19/2001

How About Some New Holidays?

June 22, 2001 will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the repeal of the last Witchcraft law (or anti-Witchcraft law, if you will) in England. Shortly after that event, the flow of information related to ancient and modern Witchcraft and Wiccan practices, beliefs and rituals began to flow across the waters into the United States and beyond (Whether British Witches think that this was/is a good or bad thing is still debated in some circles). Should we do something to celebrate this event each year, and especially, during this 50th anniversary year? Someone else suggested that October 4th-marking the first time ever a Wiccan (Bryan Lankford) gave an invocation at a government assembly-be adopted as 'Invocation Day.' What founder birthdays, anniversaries or significant-to-Pagan-history events might we consider as communal Holidays?

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There Is No Question In My Mind That Something As Significant As... Feb 18th. at 3:06:16 pm EST

Dragon Goldhawk (White Cloud, Michigan US) Age: 31 - Email

There is no question in my mind that something as significant as this repeal should be celebrated in some way. This freedom of information flow has made all the difference in many people's lives. It allowed many of us to put a name to what we had always felt. This is certainly worth celebrating.

New Wiccan/pagan Hlidays? Are Not The 8 Sabbats Enough? Have We... Feb 18th. at 8:39:49 pm EST

Tarostar (Toronto, Ontario CA) Age: 58 - Email

New Wiccan/Pagan hlidays?

Are not the 8 Sabbats enough? Have we not seen the innane silliness for days to mark in the various Witches Calendars put out over the years? Llewellyns Witches Calendar gives Feb. 21 as Stewart Farrar's Initiation Day into Alexandrian Wicca! Thrill! Anything more unnecessary to celebrate?

Others mark Helena Blavatsky's Birthday! Who cares?!

A date to celebrate Repeal of the Witchcraft laws? No. They were repealed in different Countries at different times.

The day the Spanish Inquisition fell into disuse? Hmmm, maybe.

At the Toronto Temple of WCC, we mark March 15th and put on a playlet in the Greek style commemorating the martyrdom of Hypatia, Pagan scholar, killed
by the xtians at the instigation of their Archbishop Cyril.

However, it would be difficult to get all trads within Craft to agree on any particular idea.

I think 8 sabbats to worship the Gods and 13 Full Moons and 13 New Moons
for Witches Work, per year, are enough.

There would be much too much of Fluff-bunny suggestions and not enough serious topics put forward for consideration. Forget the idea. BB Tarostar

I Believe That Everybody Should Have Their Own Special Holiday That They... Feb 18th. at 8:43:43 pm EST

(still looking for a magickal name!) (Phoenix, Arizona US) Age: 14

i believe that everybody should have their own special holiday that they make for themselves. now since i am fairly new to all this i am not sure if there already is one of these things but i will explain anyways:
in christianity they have a thing called baptism right? and then in your later years of your faith (APROXIMATELY 6 or 7 years later) they get confirmed and that is a way of saying they still believe in christianity and wanna make that their main religion. well i believe the same should be done for paganism. the day you come into paganism you should declare yourself "baptized" of all the beliefs of paganism and then remember that day...write it down in your book of shadows if you have one from your early years. i have one now and am pretty sure that i am going to be become a pagan and when i decide that for sure i will write down the date and everything. then when it comes around i will celebrate!!!

My Personal Preference Is To Keep Only Holidays That Celebrate Nature And... Feb 18th. at 8:59:43 pm EST

Helen (Kansas City, Kansas US) Age: 44 - Email

My personal preference is to keep only holidays that celebrate Nature and the Gods, not civil type holidays such as "Invocation Day" as described. Founder birthdays, significant history events can go noted in published "Books of Days" and whoever wants to, can celebrate these. Anyone who knows me knows that I am very much into holidays and festivals (of Mediterranean paganism). But among these I ignore the civil celebrations (of which there are many in Greco-Roman traditions!) in favor of the ecstatic celebrations in honor of the Gods of Nature.
I'm not opposed to communal Holidays for those who want them, but I prefer to celebrate the Gods and the cycles of Nature.

I'm Sorry To Be Flippant But Should We Have A National Pagan... Feb 18th. at 9:59:35 pm EST

Betsy (New York, New York US) Age: 0

I'm sorry to be flippant but should we have a National Pagan Day or National Pagan Week or Month? I think given the current political climate- not.
We have many holidays and festivities that we are not vocal about outside of our circles. I am willing to add more to this list. I have enough problems celebrating the Vernal Equinox as a holiday.

We Should Abolish The Gregorian Calendar Entirely, And Adopt The One Made... Feb 18th. at 10:51:52 pm EST

Stormwatch (Fortaleza, Brazil) Age: 20

We should abolish the gregorian calendar entirely, and adopt the one made by JRR Tolkien for his epic "The Lord of the Rings". What would be the exact beginning of this new era? January 24, 1984, when Apple Computer introduced the Macintosh ("...and you'll see why 1984 won't be like 1984"). Yeah, I'm a computer freak!

While There Have Been Strides In Acceptance, Has There Really Been One... Feb 19th. at 1:09:02 am EST

Tanais (Spokane, Washington US) Age: 20

While there have been strides in acceptance, has there really been one ground breaking moment where we can say on this day something or other happened? I would like to see a day of religious toleration on the calendar sure. who wouldn't? Unfortunately, it takes a negative to get much notice these days. We have more days of rememberance in the United States then I care to count. Colombine, the bombing in Oaklaholma city, Pearl Harbor, D-day, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the list goes on and on. I dare someone to walk down the street and ask when the million man march was or when women earned the right to vote in this country. A pagan holiday or even a day of rememberance would never catch on but if you are talking a communal day of rememberance simply among others of similiar faith then I see no problem and in fact whole heartedly endorse it.

Gerald Gardner's Birthday (which Also Happens To Be Mine... Feb 19th. at 6:19:42 pm EST

Maia BlackWolf (Milnesville, Pennsylvania US) Age: 32 - Email

Gerald Gardner's birthday (which also happens to be mine).

Oh Yes - After All, Most Pagans Will Take Any Reason We Can... Feb 19th. at 7:08:10 pm EST

EnidMuse (Clevelnd, Ohio US) Age: 42 - Email

OH YES - after all, most pagans will take any reason we can to have a celebration. Besides, which, the way things are in the world today,
we need to celerate and honor every victory.

To Be Brief(my Computer's Being Whiny And Won't Post This) A... Feb 19th. at 7:34:14 pm EST

Jason Carman (St. Louis, Missouri US) Age: 30 - Email

To be brief(my computer's being whiny and won't post this) a national day whereby we celebrate
and be who we are in front of all would do wonders to eliminate the crazy ideas people have about us.

Imagine what good it would do to see people everywhere in public circles, or just in public, just dancing and frolicking for the Goddess! It would be a wonderful way to express all that is positive about our bodies and our minds to a culture full of those who find such unpleasantness in our bodies and minds.

Heilsa All! I Definitely Believe That We Should On Some Level Celebrate... Feb 19th. at 11:05:58 pm EST

Herwodis Brusse (Boone, North Carolina US) Age: 21

Heilsa all!
I definitely believe that we should on some level celebrate milestones big and small that mark an increase in unity and awareness, but whether or not these should be made into an official holiday I believe should also be based on whether or not they will recognize the previous achievements along similar lines of others. I think that we should have something along the lines of an all-encompassing day of remembrance for our ancestors (aside from a certain October holiday); without their first footsteps both religiously and culturally many of our traditions-both by religion and custom-might not exist or may not have survived.

Should There Be A New Holiday That All Pagans Must Recognize? No... Feb 20th. at 9:49:31 am EST

Emerald (Fort Lauderdale, Florida US) Age: 19

Should there be a new holiday that all pagans must recognize? No, don't be ridiculous, there is no way to do that without being as bad as any of those other religions that tell their practitioners which dates they must celebrate, and how they must celebrate them. It's best if we can all come to agree on a new holiday without forcing it on anyone, and if we can all celebrate that holiday in our own way. Other than that, celebrate any day that feels special enough to you and/or your coven. Take me for instance, this month I'm celebrating Pentagram Night on the 26th. You can learn about Pentagram Night and many many other special occult-related occassions at the Witches' Web of Days -

Good luck finding new holidays.

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