A LIST OF PAGAN HOLIDAYS
CELEBRATED AROUND THE WORLD 
THROUGH THE YEAR

Each month more will be added to the list.
This page is currently being updated/edited.

Norse Paganism, Heathenry, Asatru,

Hellenic/Roman Polytheists 

EYVIND KINNRIFI REMEMBRANCE

9th February

Origins: Norway under Olaf I 995-1000

Honouring the martyrdom of Eyvind Kinnrifi who was tortured to death for his belief in the Old Gods and Goddesses and refusal to convert to Christianity.

ÞORRABLÓT (THORRABLÓT)

End of January/beginning of February

Origins: Iceland

Midwinter Festival honouring Thor, usually by feasting and poetry.

VÁLI'S BLOT

14th February

Origins: Old Norse

Váli's Blot is considered by some Asatru to
be the Norse equivalent of Valentine's Day,
but is widely acknowledged as a season
changing festival. A day for marriage and
celebrating with family and friends, and for
remembrance of Váli, the son of Odin who
defeated Höðr on this day. 

KALENDS

1st February

Origins: Ancient Greece/Rome

Celebration of the first of the month.

KALENDS

1st January

Origins: Ancient Greece/Rome

Honouring Janus/Juno, first day of the Year. Kalends brought us the word 'calendar'.

PARENTALIA

13th-21st February

Origins: Ancient Rome

Observed by: Greco-Roman polytheists

Translating to 'Ancestors Day', Parentalia is a nine-day celebration of deceased ancestors. Historically it was observed by feasting and making offerings and sacrifices to the dead and spirits of the underworld. 

LUPERCALIA

15th February

Origins: Ancient Rome

Observed by: Greco-Roman polytheists

Festival thought to honour a wolf who raised abandoned princes, celebrated originally by sacrificing goats to the gods, feasting, and, for fertility, nudity and fornication.

ANTHESTERIA

27th February - 1st March 2021

Origins: Ancient Greece

Observed by: Hellenic polytheists

Athenian festivals dedicated to Dionysus and the dead. Held around the full moon in the month of Anthesterion, which in the Gregorian calendar this year roughly translates to 27th February.

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IMBOLC

2nd February

Origins: Celtic polytheism, as St. Brigid's Day

Observed by: Most neopagans, Wiccans, Druids, Asatru (as Charming of the Plow) 

Imbolc is the most widely-known and observed pagan holiday in the months of January and February. It falls at the beginning of spring/end of the winter; marking the changing of the seasons, as most holidays do. St. Brigid is a Christianised form of the Celtic fertility goddess Brigid who is celebrated on this day. 

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LESSER ELEUSINIAN MYSTERIES

17th-23rd February

Origins: Ancient Greece

Observed by: Hellenic polytheists

Initiation to the cult of Persephone and Demeter by sacrificing a pig. Prelude to Greater Mysteries, initiations held on these dates. Once completed, initiates could then move onto Greater Mysteries in the autumn. 

THE DISTING/DÍSABLÓT

End of February/beginning of March

Origins: Uppsala, Sweden

Observed by: Heathens, Asatru, Norse polytheists

Celebration of Valkyries and other female spirits, called dísir. Sacrifices were made for a good harvest. Celebrated still by an annual market in Sweden. 

KALENDS

1st March

Origins: Ancient Greece/Rome

Observed by: Hellenic/Roman polytheists

Honouring the god Mars/Ares. Kalends brought us the word 'calendar'.

KALENDS/VENERALIA

1st April

Origins: Ancient Greece/Rome

Observed by: Hellenic/Roman polytheists

Celebration of the first of the month, this particular one honouring the goddess Venus.

REMEMBRANCE FOR HAAKON SIGURDSSON

9th April

Origins: Norway, C9th

Observed by: Ásatrú

Day of remembrance for ruler of Norway who claimed lineage to Odin in the Icelandic Sagas. 

OSTARA/EARRACH
20th March
Origins: Anglo-Saxon paganism, popularised as Ostara by Wicca
Observed by: Wiccans, Neopagans, Druids   The northern hemisphere's vernal equinox, the word Ostara was introduced though Wicca and named for the goddess Eostre, who is believed to have a Hare as a totem, hence (APPARENTLY) where the Easter Bunny came from and the name Easter from the name of the Goddess.Bede states, Ēostre was celebrated in April as a symbol of Spring but died out before his time, when christianity came along.

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Celtic Paganism, Druidry

Anglo Saxon  Paganism 

Satanism/Temple Of Satan/LaVeyan Satanists

WALPURGISNACHT

30th April

Origins: German Christianity, originally Saint Walpurga was known for banishing witches and other pests

Observed by: LaVeyan Satanists

Anton LaVey chose to celebrate this holiday as a follow up to the spring equinox and due to its past association with witchcraft. 

HEXENNACHT (WITCHES' NIGHT)

30th April

Origins: German folklore, as Walpurgisnacht but witches were alleged to convene with the devil in this night

Observed by: Temple of Satan as 'a solemn holiday to honor those who were victimized by superstition'.