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Posted: Sep. 8, 2002
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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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| I Believe We Are Too Cluttered Up With Holidays As It Is... ||Feb 28th. at 9:23:50 am UTC|
|MalenRuadhRhen (Bristol, Connecticut US) ||Age: 30 - Email |
I believe we are too cluttered up with holidays as it is. Who really *celebrates* President's Day, or Labor Day anyway? Perhaps *holiday* is the wrong idea. A better idea might me an observance/education day instead. Use days like the exmapled *Invocation Day* as a day to reflect on paganism in general and perhaps educate the public about who we REALLY are and what we stand for, rather than use those days as another empty *holiday*
| I Have Been Reading Many Of The Responses And I Must Agree... ||Mar 1st. at 3:35:31 am UTC|
|Amalthia (Houston, Texas US) ||Age: 45 - Email |
I have been reading many of the responses and I must agree to Pagan Pride Day as a major holiday for Pagans. I was the first state coordinator, here in Texas, back in 1998. Since then I have attended the second celebration and volunteered for the third. It has grown greatly since the humble beginings in '98. It not only gets the word out about who we are and who we are not but it also benefits a charity in the process. We have collected food for the food banks in our area and this past celebration helped a battered women's group. This celebration takes place on or about the Autumnal Equinox (share the harvest). It is a win win celebration.
| Instead Of Creating A New Holiday I Believe We, As Pagans, Should... ||Mar 1st. at 8:32:40 am UTC|
|Joseph Hancock (Maple Creek, Saskatchewan CA) ||Age: 41 - Email |
Instead of creating a new Holiday I believe we, as pagans, should recapture Samhain as a high and holy day. I feel this has always been our special day, and that cannot be changed no matter what abuses have been heaped upon it and false stories and legends are around it. The days of the Sabbats would be fine but I personally prefer Samhain since it is already in place. What do you think?
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