All About Wiccan Holidays Or Sabbats
The Wiccan Holidays also known as the sabbats are usually celebrated though out the year. These represent the turning of the seasons, they are celebrated through traditions and rituals. There are a total of eight sabbats during the year though the dates vary depending on the position of the sun and also the length of sunlight as well as whether you live in the northern hemisphere or you live in the southern hemisphere. During these holiday celebrations there is collection of symbolic items which are to be used during the ritual or just for decoration. These symbolic items consist of herbs, flowers, crystals, candles and certain colored altar cloths that represent that particular season.
There are four major and four minor holidays that are celebrated which include the four major pastoral and agricultural festivals and then the four minor solar festivals of the equinoxes and solstices. The major Sabbats usually occur at the midpoint of the four seasons. These holidays originated from the Celtic harvest festivals that were religious and agricultural. The minor holidays occur at the beginning of each season. These holidays are usually marked by astrological events. Most of the times individual magic is never performed on the sabbats.
The following are the Wiccan holidays or sabbats:
> Yule or Winter Solstice
This is a holiday that is celebrated around December 21st for those in the Northern Hemisphere and around 21st June for those in the Southern Hemisphere. The holiday is a celebration that marks the rebirth of the sun to the earth.
This is celebrated on February 2nd for those in the Northern Hemisphere and for the Southern hemisphere, it is celebrated on the 1st of August. This is a holiday that celebrates strength, growth, inspiration and light.
> Spring Equinox
This is a holiday that is celebrated around March 20th for those in the Northern Hemisphere and around September 21st for those in the Southern Hemisphere. The holiday is a celebration for the growth to the earth and return of life after a long, cold winter. During this day, there is equal dark and light in the day.
This is celebrated in the Northern hemisphere on 30th of April and for the Southern Hemisphere on the 1st of November. This is a holiday that celebrates the sacred union that is between the God and Goddess. The union is what brings about growth, creation and harmony.
> Lammas or Lughnasad
Lammas is also called the grain holiday, it is usually celebrated in the Northern Hemisphere on the 1st of August and for the Southern hemisphere on the 1st of February. The holiday is a celebration for the first harvest for the season.
> Fall Equinox
This is celebrated for the Northern hemisphere around the 22nd of September and for the Southern hemisphere around the 21st of March. The holiday is a celebration for the final harvest for the season and also the preparation for the long winter ahead.
This is celebrated for the Northern hemisphere on the 31st of October and for the Southern hemisphere on the 1st of May in the Southern Hemisphere. This holiday is a time for celebrating and remembering those who have left. On this day also the veil that is between the two planes of death and life is the thinnest.
> Summer Solstice
This is a holiday that is celebrated for the Northern Hemisphere around the 21st of June and for the Southern hemisphere around December 21st. The Holiday is a celebration that marks the peak of the sun’s power.
Benefits of the sabbats:
1. This is taken as a time for the entire community or families to come together, celebrate and give thanks.
2. The holidays are a time for the witches to “recharge” their Magic batteries.
3. It is a time to relax as well as take a break from their Magic work.
4. It is a celebration of nature and the Goddess.
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