Common Holidays in Relation to Equinoxes, Solstices & Cross-Quarter Days and Precession of the Vernal Equinoxes for 2013 AD                                   cosmomyth.com

             by Steven Gibson (www.naic.edu/gibson/cal)

 

  January 1          - New Year's Day

  January 5          - Twelfth Night

  January 6          - Eastern Orthodox Christmas

                     - Twelfth Day, or Epiphany, or Old Christmas

 

 

  January 20        - Inauguration Day

                     - Saint Agnes' Eve - woman dreams of future husband

 

 

  2nd New Moon after

     Winter Solstice - Chinese New Year (lunar calendar)

 

February 2-6      1st Cross-Quarter Day

 

  February 2         - Groundhog Day

                     - Candlemas

                         feast of the Purification of the Virgin Mary

                              or the Presentation of the Child Jesus

                      - Imbolg / Imbolc / Brighid / Oimelc (Celtic)

                     - 40th Day of Christmas

 

 

 

  March 15            - Ides of March - 1st month middle, Roman calendar,

                        assassination of Julius Caesar

  March 17           - St. Patrick's Day - sowing of peas in Ireland

 

March 20-21       1st Quarter Day - Spring (Vernal) Equinox 2 degrees Pisces

 

  March 21           - Ostara / Eostre (Saxon goddess of Spring)

  Full Moon after SE - Passover

  Following Sunday   - Easter

  Previous Friday    - Good Friday

 

 

  April 1            - All Fool's Day (old new year's day)

 

 

May 4-7           2nd Cross-Quarter Day

 

  April 30           - May Eve or Walpurgisnacht (witches' Sabbath)

                     - May 1 - May Day - May Poles, May Queens, May-dew

                     - Beltane / Bealtaine - Celtic bonfire festival May 5               - Cinco de Mayo (Mexico)

  May 2nd Sunday     - Mother's Day

   

 

June 20-21        2nd Quarter Day - Summer Solstice 2 degrees Gemini

 

  June 21            - Litha (Norse/Anglo-Saxon for "longest day")

  June 23            - St. John's Eve - European Midsummer celebration

 

 

                        

August 5-8        3rd Cross-Quarter Day

 

  August 1            - Lugnasad - Gaelic summer "games of Lug" (sun-god)

                      - Lammas ("loaf mass") - harvest festival

 

 

 

September 22-23    3rd Quarter Day - Fall (Autumnal) Equinox 2 degrees Virgo

 

  New Moon after Autumn Equinox  - Rosh ha-Shanah (Jewish New Year)

  10 days later      - Yom Kippur ("Day of Atonement")

 

  September 21       - Mabon (Welsh for "son")

 

 

 

November 5-8      4th Cross-Quarter Day

 

  October 31         - Hallowe'en

                         

  November 1         - Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead (Mexico)

                     - All Saints' Day, or All Hallows

                     - Samhain - Celtic feast of departing Sun & new year

                         

  November 2         - All Soul's Day - prayer for souls in purgatory

 

  November 1st Tuesday after 1st Monday - U.S. Election Day

  November 5         - Guy Fawkes Day

  November 11        - Veterans' Day (World War I Armistice Day)

                     - Martinmas (death of St. Martin)

                         

 

 

 

December 21-22    4th Quarter Day - Winter Solstice 2 degrees Sagitarius

 

  December 19        - Saturnalia - Roman midwinter festival, 7 days long

  December 21        - Yule (Norse for "wheel") - Germanic 12-day feast

  December 24        - Christmas Eve

  December 25        - Christmas Day

 

 

 

 

 

 


1.        Exact determination of dates for Chinese New Year, Easter, and Rosh Hashanah is a bit more complex than given here; see Explanatory Supplement reference below for details.

2.        Pagan Quarter and Cross-Quarter Days (Wiccan Sabbats) may be in slight error; some practitioners observe them at the astronomically correct time, while others adhere to rigid dates (e.g., Feb 1 or Mar 21).