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« Topic Start: June 09, 2011, 03:22:18 am »

Hi again guys,

This is probably a stupid question but, what are the major Heathen celebrations? How many of you attend or participate in them and what generally happens on those days celebration wise?
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« Reply #1: June 10, 2011, 09:45:56 pm »

This is probably a stupid question but, what are the major Heathen celebrations? How many of you attend or participate in them and what generally happens on those days celebration wise?
No stupid questions! Different groups celebrate different holidays... but generally you've got the soltices, Yule (the most important holiday!) and Midsummer, and the equinoxes, Ostara or Summer Finding and Winter Finding. The equinoxes you might see called different names, I believe.

A lot of folks celebrate Einherjar, which honors those fallen in combat, and Freyfaxi, which celebrates the first harvest and Frey. I have yet to celebrate either of these two.

Some groups have days honoring Norse heroes, celebrate on the full moons, etc. Like I said, it varies, but the aforementioned ones are the common ones, as far as I know (being solitary Wink lol).

The major rituals for Asatru folks are blot and sumble. You can see a pretty good explanation of blot here: Part 1 and Part 2. And here's a video about sumble. That one is kind of rambling and I haven't watched the whole thing, I'll admit, but it looks good!
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« Reply #2: June 11, 2011, 06:04:29 pm »

Hi again guys,

This is probably a stupid question but, what are the major Heathen celebrations? How many of you attend or participate in them and what generally happens on those days celebration wise?

Honestly, if you are speaking purely historical the only three celebrations for which we have actual documentation from primary sources, are Midsummer, Yule, and Winter Nights. However, it is not at all difficult to imply many more celebrations based on local folk lore, secondary source corroboration, etc. Keep in mind as well, that you are free to create your OWN holy-days based on what is locally significant to you and your community. When I lived in New Mexico, my Kindred there celebrated the harvesting of the green chile crops every year. I'm fairly certain the vikings had never heard of green chiles, and thus would not have celebrated their harvest Smiley

Remember, our ancestors got around a LOT, and were a very pragmatic and practical people. We in NM would celebrate Winter Nights on the night of the first frost (or as close to it as we realistically could). This came substantially later for us than other groups, it being in the desert southwest of the United States. And you, being in Australia, would celebrate it on the exact opposite side of the year even from us.

Certain celebrations always take place on the same dates. Solstices and equinoxes are the same worldwide, for example. But their focus may be very different. For us, winter solstice is the middle of your summer. So I don't think it would be appropriate for you to run around praising snow and winter when it's 100F outside you door. My point being, feel free to research and come up with your own celebrations that are meaningful for *you*, not just what some musty old tome tells you. Always keep an eye to what our ancestors held important and how they observed their holy-days, to maintain that ever-important connection to our past, but don't get stuck in it.
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« Reply #3: June 13, 2011, 12:35:32 pm »

Honestly, if you are speaking purely historical the only three celebrations for which we have actual documentation from primary sources, are Midsummer, Yule, and Winter Nights. However, it is not at all difficult to imply many more celebrations based on local folk lore, secondary source corroboration, etc. Keep in mind as well, that you are free to create your OWN holy-days based on what is locally significant to you and your community. When I lived in New Mexico, my Kindred there celebrated the harvesting of the green chile crops every year. I'm fairly certain the vikings had never heard of green chiles, and thus would not have celebrated their harvest Smiley

Remember, our ancestors got around a LOT, and were a very pragmatic and practical people. We in NM would celebrate Winter Nights on the night of the first frost (or as close to it as we realistically could). This came substantially later for us than other groups, it being in the desert southwest of the United States. And you, being in Australia, would celebrate it on the exact opposite side of the year even from us.

Certain celebrations always take place on the same dates. Solstices and equinoxes are the same worldwide, for example. But their focus may be very different. For us, winter solstice is the middle of your summer. So I don't think it would be appropriate for you to run around praising snow and winter when it's 100F outside you door. My point being, feel free to research and come up with your own celebrations that are meaningful for *you*, not just what some musty old tome tells you. Always keep an eye to what our ancestors held important and how they observed their holy-days, to maintain that ever-important connection to our past, but don't get stuck in it.

My opinion is basically what Bob said.

I live in Canada (Southwestern Ontario, actually) and while everyone else was celebrating Ostara/Eostre/Easter I certainly wasn't in the mood to celebrate the beginning of spring when there was SNOW on the ground! Then again, I was pretty sick of the snow at that point, so maybe I could have celebrated in anticipation of spring coming along and the snow melting.
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« Reply #4: June 21, 2011, 05:38:13 am »

My opinion is basically what Bob said.

I live in Canada (Southwestern Ontario, actually) and while everyone else was celebrating Ostara/Eostre/Easter I certainly wasn't in the mood to celebrate the beginning of spring when there was SNOW on the ground! Then again, I was pretty sick of the snow at that point, so maybe I could have celebrated in anticipation of spring coming along and the snow melting.

I too live in SW Ontario, and know exactly what you mean. I love that first really warm day of the spring, when the sun is hot enough you don't need a coat, but there are still snowbanks here and there. It's like nature promising that summer is on it's way.
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« Reply #5: June 21, 2011, 12:56:06 pm »

I too live in SW Ontario, and know exactly what you mean. I love that first really warm day of the spring, when the sun is hot enough you don't need a coat, but there are still snowbanks here and there. It's like nature promising that summer is on it's way.

But it lies!  You have that nice warm day, then get hit with another snow storm. 

I only celebrate two holidays regularly.  Yule and Midsummer.  Others depend on what is happening and if I remember.
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« Reply #6: June 22, 2011, 07:04:18 am »

But it lies!  You have that nice warm day, then get hit with another snow storm. 

I only celebrate two holidays regularly.  Yule and Midsummer.  Others depend on what is happening and if I remember.


Just out of curiosity, what do you do to celebrate Midsummer?
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« Reply #7: June 24, 2011, 08:03:15 am »

Just out of curiosity, what do you do to celebrate Midsummer?

Just a simple blot, with an offering of beer to the landvaettir. 

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« Reply #8: June 24, 2011, 08:04:13 pm »

Just out of curiosity, what do you do to celebrate Midsummer?

I did this:
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« Reply #9: June 24, 2011, 10:46:58 pm »

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« Reply #10: June 25, 2011, 12:01:19 pm »


*laughs* Cheesy
Wait, why? lol.
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« Reply #11: June 25, 2011, 12:11:52 pm »

Wait, why? lol.


Oooh! Haha. I thought you meant you did "this" = blank quote = nothing. Which made me chuckle. I just now thought to click on the quote link and saw the earlier post so...nevermind. Smiley
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« Reply #12: June 26, 2011, 10:48:06 pm »


Oooh! Haha. I thought you meant you did "this" = blank quote = nothing. Which made me chuckle. I just now thought to click on the quote link and saw the earlier post so...nevermind. Smiley
Ah, gotcha. haha. Tongue
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"Silent and thoughtful a prince's son should be / and bold in fighting; / cheerful and merry every man should be / until he waits for death." ~ Havamal, stanza 15

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