Where can I find a list of all known “pagan” holidays and their respective dates?

Question by Kris K: Where can I find a list of all known “pagan” holidays and their respective dates?
I’m interested in a list of known “pagan” holidays for any mythical belief system since recorded history. Does one exist somewhere online?
Okay – I’m looking for something more expanded and extensive than this list: http://www.pantheon.org/miscellaneous/feastdays.html
Can someone point me to a holiday / festival encyclopedia that is *not* just for Wiccans? I’m interested in all world religions, old civilization / tribes, mystery religions, etc. I would love to be able to simply look up a date and see what holidays or celebrations existed on that day. I guess the term pagan is too specific or too general depending on how you look at the word. Let me modify that to say all known “polytheist, shamanic, pantheist, and animist” holidays.

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Answer by richard t
witch day is your favorite?

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5 thoughts on “Where can I find a list of all known “pagan” holidays and their respective dates?

  1. I can’t find the link right now, but basically, the Pagan holidays are the quarters (Equinoxes & Solstices) and the cross-quarters (midpoint of the season).

    So, the first day of Spring (Vernal Equinox) is a holiday. The midpoint of spring (May 1) is a holiday.

    The first day of winter (winter solstice) is a holiday, and the midpoint of winter (Feb 2) is a holiday.

    The summer solstice and August 1, and the Autumnul Equinox and Oct 31 are the other four.

  2. You could look under ..Wheel of the Year..
    but I would suggest Books …as of anybody can post something on the Internet !!
    maybe books by Janet and Stewart Farrar

  3. You are all ready celebrating many of them…

    The Winter Solstice, also called “Yule, Christmas, Xmas, Jul, Midwinter, and Saturnalia,” marks that point in the year when mankind celebrates the return of the light. The colors of the season are represented by the colors red (for the fire) and green (for the rebirth process.) Yule begins with the longest night “Eve” of the year, after which the daylight increases. This is a day sacred to the Sun, Thunder, and Fire deities. Large fires were built outdoors and Yule Logs lit indoors in order to rekindle the dying Sun and help it to return brightly to the Northern skies. This is also the rebirth of the Oak King, the Sun King, and all the “dying” gods of various religions. The god reborn is generally depicted in child form. The Roman Cult of Sol Invictus was an ancient Sun god-worshipping group.

    Easter originated from the festival in honor of Eostre, a Teutonic-Germanic dawn, spring, and fertility goddess. Her Anglo-Saxon name became “Estre” or “Eastre.” She was honored among the Germanic people with painted eggs and her sacred beast was the Hare. The name “Easter” is merely a slight variation of the English spelling (Eastre), a name associated with that of the ancient Assyrian goddess Ishtar. The hare is symbolically associated with the moon. It came to be associated with the idea of periodicity, both lunar and human, and with the beginning of new life in both the young man and young woman, and so a symbol of fertility and of the renewal of life. The date of Easter is determined by the phases of the moon and will fall on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring Equinox.

    Christianity Takes Over Valentine’s Day: In A.D. 496, Pope Gelasius declared February 14th a holy day in honor of Valentinus. Valentine’s Day can be traced back to an ancient Roman fertility religion. In ancient Rome, on February 14th, it was a holiday to honor Juno Fructifier, the “Queen” of the Roman gods and goddesses. The Romans also knew her as the goddess of women and marriage. In ritual of the occasion, women would submit their names to a common box and men would each draw one name out. These two would be a couple for the duration of the festival and at times for the entire following year. The rituals were designed to promote not only fertility, but also life in general.

    Just look up most of our current holidays, I’m sure you’ll find a pagan origin…

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