The Mabon Celtic festival takes place on the Autumn Equinox. Mea’n Fo’mhair is the name that the Druids give to this festival, during which they pay homage to the Green Man, who is considered to be the God of the Forest, by pouring libations for the trees. At this time, it is permissible to make offerings of ciders and wines, as well as herbs and fertilizer. Mabon, like Ostara, is an equinox festival, but unlike Ostara, the emphasis of Mabon is on balance.
- Aug 10 2022
Celebrating the Autumn Equinox Called MabonCategories: Irish Traditions , Interesting Stories , Ireland , Celtic Legends , Blog , Education , Legends and Folklore , Celtic Culture
- May 14 2022
Summer in Ireland Traveling the Emerald IsleCategories: News , Celtic Holidays , Ireland , Peaceful Cottage , Travel to IrelandEven though the first day of summer does not arrive until June 1st with the summer solstice on June 21st, ancient Celts believed that the month of May, which they celebrated as Lá Bealtaine, marked the beginning of summer. And who wouldn’t welcome the arrival of summer a little bit earlier? Continue reading to learn more about this ancient Celtic festival and the rituals that are still practiced in Ireland to this very day.
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The custom dates back to the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain, during which time people lit bonfires and dressed up in costumes in an effort to fend off spirits. Pope Gregory III, who reigned in the seventh century, established November 1 as the day on which all saints are honored. Over time, several of the customs associated with Samhain made their way into the celebration of All Saints Day.