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« Topic Start: March 06, 2007, 05:38:15 pm »

For those who celebrate by the Kemetic calendar (No matter which version you use), which holidays are most important to you out of the year (If you feel like sharing that)? What do you do? What rituals do you incorporate in your acknowledgment and celebration, if any? And, do you take the most important days off of work, or do you go and celebrate before or after work?

I ask because I've been incredibly lazy in celebrating the holidays, and only recently have started observing them! Unfortunately, most of Set's days tend to fall on Saturdays this year, one of the two days I absolutely cannot get off from work. I feel like a bad worshipper, because usually after work I'm too tired to remember that I should do something. I do usually cleanse, light candles and insense, and share food and drink when I remember. But this is also something I do regularly, so I was wondering if anyone does anything really special, and if they were willing to share!

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« Reply #1: March 06, 2007, 09:53:09 pm »

For those who celebrate by the Kemetic calendar (No matter which version you use), which holidays are most important to you out of the year (If you feel like sharing that)? What do you do? What rituals do you incorporate in your acknowledgment and celebration, if any? And, do you take the most important days off of work, or do you go and celebrate before or after work?


Any of Aset, Nebet Het or Sekhmet Festivals.  I would also add the New Year and the Mysteries of Wesir.  And the Five Days Upon the Year. 

I personally love:  Awakening of Aset by the Majesty of Ra and Aset Webenut. 

I used to do a daily rite I wrote.  I just light candles now and for Aset Webenut that's the main part of the festival; it's also called Aset Luminous.  It is Her festival of lights. 

I never have taken off school or work for a festival.  It doesn't take you (general you) all day to give an offering.  You could incorporate breakfast or dinner into it.  Offer it up to Set on His days and make that your celebration. 
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« Reply #2: March 07, 2007, 02:51:15 pm »

I actually do very little festival stuff at all -- I have yet to chase down the sources on all the festival stuff, so I don't know how to construct a functional calendar.

This is one of my long-term projects -- putting together a calendar with specific ritual ideas for each of the festivals.  It's just not the one I'm working on at the moment.
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« Reply #3: March 08, 2007, 01:47:11 am »

I actually do very little festival stuff at all -- I have yet to chase down the sources on all the festival stuff, so I don't know how to construct a functional calendar.

Ditto. Until recently I didn't even know what the festivals were. I'll also point out (UPG here) that the Gods, or at least Set, don't  want me to do stuff out of guilt. Which is a big load off my mind  Smiley. I say, do what you can, They'll appreciate it. Special stuff I've done: shared meal a couple of times, special offerings of semi-precious stones and the like. This last one may be useful because you can do the shopping in advance. Wink
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« Reply #4: March 08, 2007, 03:35:41 pm »

So far, my celebrations are pretty much the same and all of yours! I whip out food and drink and share it, or will make dishes that I know Set or Anpu like and share them. I feel better knowing that I'm not a horrible Devotee for going "Oh, crap! I gotta go to work. Here's some insense, and I'll give some rum when I get home." Tongue
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« Reply #5: May 31, 2007, 01:58:37 am »

For those who celebrate by the Kemetic calendar (No matter which version you use), which holidays are most important to you out of the year (If you feel like sharing that)? What do you do? What rituals do you incorporate in your acknowledgment and celebration, if any? And, do you take the most important days off of work, or do you go and celebrate before or after work?

I ask because I've been incredibly lazy in celebrating the holidays, and only recently have started observing them! Unfortunately, most of Set's days tend to fall on Saturdays this year, one of the two days I absolutely cannot get off from work. I feel like a bad worshipper, because usually after work I'm too tired to remember that I should do something. I do usually cleanse, light candles and insense, and share food and drink when I remember. But this is also something I do regularly, so I was wondering if anyone does anything really special, and if they were willing to share!

I'm coming up on the first anniversary of seeing myself as a pagan, so I don't quite know what festivals are the cool ones, other than New Years. I mean, on a somewhat juvenile level, I love being able to advertise it as "beer and boinking". Grin

And, one of these years, I'm going to drag my ass out of bed to do the...one where you parade the statues around at dawn. I'm blanking on the name, but it sounds cool. Now, if I could just get my hands on some ritual clothes...
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