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.

The Ecliptic Calendar

  24 Cadal, 3044       164·19·12·24       13 Blotmonath, 1574  

A new slant on perennial calendars and secular holidays

This is a nice discovery that I made when checking websites that have linked to my page. This calendar is similar to my Anglo-Saxon calendar, in that it has variable length seasons depending on the course of the sun along the ecliptic during the year. It is nice in that I could actually apply it to my calendar, with the rest days and holidays depending on the number of days in the month. Under this system today would be the 2nd Thursday of the 8th month (date: 04 / 02 / 02 / 08 / 12). If I applied it to my calendar it would be the 2nd Friday of the 11th month (Blotmonath), with the Ides holiday on Monday (5th November) and the next rest day on Tuesday (6th November).

The calendar also uses a system of ages based on the zodiacal sign of the galactic equator, so we are currently in the age of Aquarius, which began on 20th March 1988 by the calendar’s reckoning. It’s a pretty cool system and does have a practical purpose in that it illustrates the precession of the equinoxes and keeps track of it by aligning with the sun’s position on the ecliptic. There is much information at the following link: The Ecliptic Calendar.

We’re back!

  10 Cadal, 3044       164·19·12·10       29 Winterfylleth, 1574  

Well, we’re back! In this, the last month of the 164th metonic lunar cycle of my Celtic calendar, I have decided to start publishing the monthly calendars again. It’s a wee bit of work, but worth it I think. We’ll see how it goes

So, as I say when I started the Celtic calendar I organised the calendar into 19-year cycles so that the rules of the calendar could be correctly applied, and the "count" reflects this with the year number as the second element, and the cycle number at the beginning. When I started we were in, I think, year 4 or 5 of cycle number 164. Now have reached year 19 and we are in the last month of that year. On 9th November we shall enter cycle 165. So, on this momentous occasion, here is the calendar for the current month: Cadal

Happy New Year

  30 Eadràn, 3041       164·16·13·30       20 Blotmonth, 1571  

So, after a long year of 13 months we come to the end of 3041 (year 16 of the current cycle). 3042 will be a standard year with 12 months and no additional days. Have a nice evening and a wonderful new Celtic year.

New Dynamic Calendar

  17 Eilmì, 3040       164·15·10·17       23 Wedmonth, 1570  

There is now a dynamic calendar (rather than the manually created ones that are available as PDFs) at this link. The calendar shows the current standard (Gregorian) month with Celtic dates and events for each day automatically. You can also scroll forwards or backwards to see the calendar for other months, and click the month name heading to return to the current month.

Important Dates in 2014

  2 Riùr, 3040       164·15·3·2       14 Afteryule, 1570  

Some important dates in 2014

  • 31-Jan: Chinese New Year (Year of the Horse)
  • 05-Mar: Start of Lent
  • 31-Mar: Hindu Lunar New year
  • 20-Apr: Easter (Western & Orthodox)
  • 27-Jun (sunset) to 27-Jul (sunset): Ramadan
  • 27-Jun (sunset): Eid al-Fitr
  • 24-Sep (sunset): Jewish New Year (5775)
  • 01-Oct (sunset): Start of Hajj
  • 03-Oct (sunset): Eid al-adha
  • 03-Oct (sunset): Yom Kippur
  • 24-Oct (sunset): Islamic New year (1436)

Solar Events

  • Northward equinox: 20-Mar-2014 @ 16:57 UT
  • Northern solstice: 21-Jun-2104 @ 10:51 UT
  • Southward equinox: 23-Sep-2014 @ 02:29 UT
  • Southern solstice: 21-Dec-2014 @ 23:03 UT

Happy Yule

  18 Dumhainn, 3040       164·15·2·18       1 Afteryule, 1570  

Happy Yule

It is Yule today, the Winter Solstice and shortest day in the Northern Hemisphere. This day marks the beginning of the new solar year and is therefore a time of celebration and merriment as we look forward to the days getting longer again and what the new year will bring us. In my Anglo-Saxon calendar it is 1570, and a calendar for the year can be downloaded at the link below.

1570 Calendar

Special Dates in 1570

  • Yuletide: 1-12 Afterlithe (21-Dec-2013 to 01-Jan-2014)
  • Mid-winter: 15 Solmonth (03-Feb-2014)
  • Ostara: 1 Ostermonth (20-Mar-2014)
  • Egg Moon: night of 26/27 Ostermonth (14/15-Apr-2014)
  • Mid-spring: 16 Thrimilch (05-May-2014)
  • Litha: 1 Afterlithe (21-Jun-2014)
  • Mid-summer: 16 Wedmonth (06-Aug-2014)
  • Harvest Moon: night of 18/19 Holimonth (08/09-Sep-2014)
  • Mabon: 1 Wintering (22-Sep-2014)
  • Mid-autumn: 16 Blotmonth (06-Nov-2014)