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My original reasons for taking up the study of Proto-Indo-European religion had nothing to do with religion. I just had a few tiny questions related to gardening, such as what time of year to plant spelt, and which Goddess would be suitable as a garden ornament, since I was thinking of getting a statue to use as a focal point. And finally, I wondered why I didn’t know a single traditional harvest song, because I always feel like singing in the garden.

To my amazement, I was unable to find out this basic information. Local garden centers did not have any advice on when to plant spelt, a traditional grain that people don’t normally grow in their gardens. I then tried looking up the traditional time of fall grain planting in the Mediterranean climates, which should be incorporated into the Pagan festival calendars of Greece and Rome, but I couldn’t even find calendars of the traditional Pagan festivals for these countries. I found this absurd. See Pagan Saints for the reason.

This page links to a few of the Pagan festivals that I have been able to find so far, organized by month. Whenever possible, I provide a list of the myths and the beautiful music associated with these festivals, in the hope that you will also enjoy celebrating life in story and song. And here also will be information about pre-industrial traditions especially suitable for small-scale farming and gardening, including recipes for traditional foods and fun things to do.
Festival Calendar for the Indo-Europeans
Date Festivals for Goddesses Texts (myths, stories and songs) Farming and Food
Jan. 7th Charming the Plow and Blessing the Seed
Ceres, a Roman Goddess
Plow Songs sorting seed and planting
Dec. 21 to Jan. 17, day or evening Wassailing the Apple Trees Apple Tree Wassail Songs welcome the return of the Sun

Sun March 21
Spring Equinox
Easter for the Goddess Eostra or Ostara, and Easter Eggs . Nov Ruz (Persian New Year) Gahambar Traditions (recipes)
Date Festivals for Goddesses Texts (myths, stories and songs) Farming and Food
April 15 Fordicalia festival to protect the winter grain

Dark of the Moon April 31 Walpurgis Night for the Goddess Freya (begins April 31, originally at the dark of the Moon)

May 1 May Day, continuation of festival for the Goddess Freya May Day Revels, Part 1
May Day Songs and
May Day Revels, Part 2
Full Moon icon June 9-15 Vestalia for Vesta
Date Festivals for Goddesses Texts (myths, stories and songs) Farming and Food
July 5-7 Bouphonia Festival and Poplifugia and the Festival of Romulus Creation Myth of the Indo-Europeans Jambalaya Recipe, especially for St. James’ feast day, July 25
8/1 to 8/15 Lammas, Lughnasadh and Harvest Festivals for the Grain Goddesses Songs to Celebrate the Harvest harvesting wheat and making bread
Sept. 23-25 Jumis and the Apjumibas festival
Date Festivals for Goddesses Texts (myths, stories and songs) Farming and Food
Dark of the Moon icon Oct 31 Samhain (Celtic) and Halloween (Germanic), begins Oct 31st, originally at the dark of the moon. Stories and Songs for Halloween and Samhain
in northern countries, the time of slaughter of livestock
Nov 1st Continuation of Samhain (Celtic) and Halloween (Germanic)
Image of a Pumpkin, by SweetPea
Dec. 21, Winter Solstice
Yule Yule Songs keeping warm by the fire and feasting with friends

New Yule Decorations
Dec. 22, or the day after the Winter Solstice Hunting the Wren customs Wren King Songs, Burying the Wren and How Lleu Llaw Gyffes Got His Name, (a Celtic myth)

New Moon Waxing Moon Full Moon Waning Moon Dark of the Moon Sun

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