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The Ancient Celtic Festival of Lughnasadh

by Erin on August 1, 2012

Lughnasadh is a festival celebrated August 1st. It was traditionally held in honor of both the sun god Lugh and the harvest.
It is one of the four major Celtic festivals celebrated in Ireland, along with Beltane, Imbolc, and Samhain.

Today, it seemed appropriate to include some relatively timely information about one of the four major Celtic festivals. May 1st is the traditional day on which Beltane (or Beltaine) is celebrated. Beltane takes its name from Bel or Bile, who was a god of both life and death in Celtic mythology. The ancient Romans, in [...]

Ancient Celtic Festivals

by Erin on April 12, 2012

Please note that these versions of Celtic festivals were celebrated in primarily in Ireland. In addition, there are many variations on the spellings of the following names.
Beltane | Beltane is a festival that took place on May 1st. It is associated with fertility, and participants traditionally danced around fires.
Imbolc | The Celtic festival of [...]

The Ancient Roman Festival of Lupercalia

by Erin on February 15, 2012

As promised, today I wanted to take a closer look at a peculiar festival that was celebrated by the ancient Romans. It is called the Lupercalia.

Mything Words - Pannychis

by Erin on January 23, 2012

I recall first hearing the word pannychis in college. It’s a funny, odd word, and to me almost sounds like something a child would make up. However, what makes pannychis most memorable is its meaning. At the time, it was described by my professor as an “all night party”. On hearing this phrase, my ears [...]

Ancient Roman Festivals (Feriae)

by Erin on January 14, 2012

Since we took a look at ancient Greek festivals yesterday, it seems fair to explore some ancient Roman festivals today.
You may have noticed that I included the word feriae in the title of this post. Oooh, bonus points for paying attention! Anyway, feriae simply means festival.
Bacchanalia | Dionysiac festivals held in honor of the god [...]

Ancient Greek Festivals

by Erin on January 13, 2012

Today, I thought I’d take a look at some of the more noteworthy festivals celebrated in ancient Greece. Please keep in mind that these descriptions are simply summaries of popular festivals. Also I’ve listed the festivals in alphabetical order, as is my habit.
As you browse through the list, you might notice that each of the [...]

The Ancient Roman Festival of Saturnalia

by Erin on December 17, 2011

Today is the 17th of December, and that can only mean one thing - time to celebrate a Roman holiday! Well, perhaps remember is a better word than celebrate. I am of course referring to the Saturnalia. Not familiar with the festival? Well, let’s explore it in a bit more detail, then.
My Webster’s dictionary has [...]

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