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The White Goddess - Wiccan and Pagan Events Calendar

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28/04 - 01/05 - Ludi Florales (Floralia), games in honour of Flora

Ludi Florales (Floralia), games in honour of Flora

Ludi Florales (Floralia), games in honour of Flora

April 2th to May 1st

The Floralia, also known as the "Florifertum," was an ancient Roman festival dedicated to Flora, the goddess of flowers and vegetation. It symbolized the renewal of the cycle of life, marked with dancing, drinking, and flowers. Offerings were made of milk and honey to Flora.

30/04 - 01/05 - Beltane

Beltane

Beltane: (Bealtaine, May Eve, Valpurgis) - April 30th/May 1st

Incense: Lilac, Frankincense
Decorations: Maypole, Flowers, Ribbons
Colours: Green

The Fire Festival of Beltane

This festival is also known as Beltane, the Celtic May Day. It officially begins at moonrise on May Day Eve, and marks the beginning of the third quarter or second half of the ancient Celtic year. It is celebrated as an early pastoral festival accompanying the first turning of the herds out to wild pasture. The rituals were held to promote fertility. The cattle were driven between the Belfires to protect them from ills. Contact with the fire was interpreted as symbolic contact with the sun. In early Celtic times, the druids kindled the Beltane fires with specific incantations. Later the Christian church took over the Beltane observances, a service was held in the church, followed by a procession to the fields or hills, where the priest kindled the fire. The rowan branch is hung over the house fire on May Day to preserve the fire itself from bewitchment (the house fire being symbolic of the luck of the house).

Website: Beltane

01/05 - Festival of the Bona Dea and Vinalia

Festival of the Bona Dea and Vinalia

Festival of the Bona Dea and Vinalia, the 2nd Venus and last year's wine harvest festival.

Bona Dea ("The Good Goddess") was a divinity in ancient Roman religion. She was associated with chastity and fertility in women, healing, and the protection of the Roman state and people.

09/05 - Lemuria (lemures)

Lemuria (lemures)

Lemuria (lemures)

The Lemuralia or Lemuria was a feast in the religion of ancient Rome during which the Romans performed rites to exorcise the malevolent and fearful ghosts of the dead from their homes. The unwholesome spectres of the restless dead, the lemures or larvae were propitiated with offerings of beans. On those days, the Vestals would prepare sacred mola salsa, a salted flour cake, from the first ears of wheat of the season.

15/05 - Mercuralia, in honor of Mercury

Mercuralia, in honor of Mercury

Mercuralia, in honor of Mercury

Mercuralia is a Roman celebration known also as the "Festival of Mercury". Mercury was thought to be the god of merchants and commerce. On May 15 merchants would sprinkle their heads, their ships and merchandise, and their businesses with water taken from the well at Porta Capena.

21/05 - Vejovis, one of the four Agonalia

Vejovis, one of the four Agonalia

Vejovis, one of the four Agonalia

Vejovis is portrayed as a young man, holding a bunch of arrows, pilum, (or lightning bolts) in his hand, and is accompanied by a goat. Romans believed that Vejovis was one of the first gods to be born. He was a god of healing, and became associated with the Greek Asclepius. He was mostly worshipped in Rome and Bovillae in Latium. On the Capitoline Hill and on the Tiber Island, temples were erected in his honour.

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