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This page lists a few of the Indo-European Pagan festivals organized by month and, very roughly, by climate with separate columns for Mediterranean areas (Greece, Rome and Spain), northern Europe (Celtic, Germanic, Slavic and Baltic areas) and the eastern reach, (Persia and India, with very few entries at this time). Whenever possible, information has been provided for the myths and the beautiful music associated with these festivals, in the hope that you will also enjoy celebrating life in story and song. Also here will be found information about pre-industrial traditions especially suitable for small-scale farming and gardening, including recipes for preserving and preparing food and fun things to do.

Festival Calendar for the Indo-Europeans

Date Mediterranean countries northern Europe Persia, India
January
Jan. 7 Blessing the Seed, for Ceres Plow Songs
early January Salve Wassailing the Apple Trees songs
February
Feb. 1/2 Lupercalia Imbolc, Spurcalia
March
Sun March 21
Spring Equinox

Easter Goddess, and Easter Eggs Nov Ruz (Persian New Year) Gahambar Traditions (recipes)
Date Mediterranean countries northern Europe Persia, India
April
April 15 Fordicalia festival to protect the winter grain

Dark of the Moonbegins April 30, originally at the dark of the Moon Floralia begins Walpurgis Night for Goddess Freya
May
May 1 Floralia continues continuation of May Day Revels;
Beltane

mid May, winter grain harvest
May Harvest
June
June 1 Carnalia, fava bean harvest

Full Moon icon June 9-15 Vestalia for Vesta

Date Mediterranean countries northern Europe Persia, India
July
July 5-7 Bouphonia Festival and Poplifugia and the Festival of Romulus
IE Creation Myth


August
Aug. 1
grain harvest

Lammas, Lughnasadh, Harvest Festivals with Songs to Celebrate the Harvest
September
mid Sept.
apple harvest
Sept. 23-25
Apjumibas festival in Lithuania
Date Mediterranean countries northern Europe Persia, India
October
Oct. Thesmophoria for Demeter, planting winter grain

Dark of the Moon iconbegins Oct. 31, originally at the dark of the Moon.
Samhain (Celtic) and Halloween (Germanic), Stories and Songs for Halloween and Samhain, Myth of Ymir, slaughter of livestock Bhai Dooj, Oct. 25, 2014 moveable
November
Nov. 1
continuation of Samhain and Halloween, IE Creation Myth
December
Sun
Dec. 21, Winter Solstice
Saturnalia begins on Dec. 17 Yule Songs and Yule Decorations
Dec. 22, or the day after the Winter Solstice (now day after xmas, Dec. 26) Eponalia, Celtic festival, Dec. 18 Hunting the Wren customs, songs and How Lleu Llaw Gyffes Got His Name, a Celtic myth [fuggle26]

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