Candlemas – The Feast of Purification – February 2nd
The Christian holiday that marks the end of the Christmas season. In Jewish custom at the time of Jesus’s birth, women were marked as unclean after birthing a children and couldn’t go into the temple to worship. After 40 days if the baby was a boy and 60 if it was a girl, she was allowed again, and participated in a customary cleansing ritual. Candlemas marks the day that the Virgin Mary participated in the cleansing ritual after birthing baby Jesus.
National Pi Day – March 15th
The day that celebrates pi – the number – 3.14 etc etc etc… It’s an endless number. Many will bake pies in celebration. Personally I find it funny that mathematicians have created a holiday for themselves. Not so much mythology, but still interesting. 🙂
St. Patrick’s Day – March 17th
This day celebrates the patron saint of Ireland. He brought Christianity to the Isles in the 400’s AD. Some sayings:
“May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain. May the rain fall softly upon your fields. And the sun shine warm upon your face. Top of the mornin’ to you…..(and the rest of the day to ‘me self!) May there always be work for you to do. May your purse always hold a coin or two. May the sun always shine on your windowpane. May the hand of a friend always be near you. May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you. May the wind at your back not be from the cabbage and corned beef that you eat today!”
Goddess of Fertility Day – March 18th
This day celebrates all the various goddesses associated with fertility. It celebrates the coming of spring and is celebrated with sacrifices made for the goddesses. The most prominent goddess of the day is Aphrodite.
Supreme Sacrifice Day – March 18th
It celebrates the great sacrifices people have made in history. For example: Jesus, soldiers in the army, firemen and policemen, etc.
May Day – May 1st
This day celebrates the beginning of spring and is generally considered to be a “pagan” holiday. Festivities can include feasts and dancing around a maypole.
Vesuvius Day – August 24th
The day the Mt. Vesuvius exploded in 79 AD, destroying many Roman cities. It was one of the largest volcanic explosions in history.
All Saints’ Day – November 1st
A Christian holiday celebrating the saints in Christian history. Originally celebrated in May, but moved to November to distract from the pagan holidays such as Halloween.