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Nov 07 2018

New lunar year and cycle

  28 Cadal, 3044       164·19·12·28       17 Blotmonath, 1574  


So, we’re nearly there. Tomorrow night will be the occasion of this year’s Oidhche Shamhna, and at midnight the calendar count will tick over from 164.19.12.29 to 165.1.1.1. Here is the calendar for the first month of the new year, Samhain. Slàinte Mhath.

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Nov 05 2018

Celtic Calendar Special Holidays

  26 Cadal, 3044       164·19·12·26       15 Blotmonath, 1574  


Celtic Calendar Special Holidays

We still have a few days to go before the new Celtic year (and lunar cycle), and I will post nearer the time with the calendar for the new month.

Meantime, I have been reading some interesting sites, including Trials of a Féinnid, a blog about Celtic reconstructionism and related subjects and faiths. This site mentions some of the possible Celtic holidays that may have been observed by ancient Celts. A number of these are based on the four cross-quarter days in the solar calendar, except that instead of the usual fixed dates that these are observed by modern Pagans, it is surmised that these would occur on the nearest dark moon to the usual dates. This equates, in the Celtic lunar calendar, to the first day of the 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th months. I have used some of the ideas in that blog to apply the names of the holidays, albeit translated into the equivalent Scots Gaelic (Gàidhlig). For the coming year, these holidays are as follows:

  • Féill na Shamhna (fail nuh how-nuh) – 9th November, 2018
  • Là Fhéill Brìde (lah ail breedge) – 6th February, 2019
  • Bealtainn (Bell-town) – 5th May, 2019
  • Là Lùnast (lah loo-nust) – 2nd August, 2019
  • Oidhche Shamhna (uych-uh how-nuh) – 28th October, 2019

More details on Celtic holidays will be posted as and when ideas come to mind. Also, although the above mentioned blog does not seem to be being updated any more, it’s a very interesting read with some interesting concepts relating to Celtic traditions and how these may be preserved and practised.

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