Four of these are minor Sabbats:
Actually, the exact date of these minor Sabbats vary from year to year
and may occur from the
20th to 23rd of the month.
The major Sabbats are also four in number. They occur
roughly midway between the minor Sabbats, typically at the end of a month. Different
Wiccan traditions assign various names and dates to these festivals. Perhaps the most
common names are Celtic: Samhain (Oct. 31), Imbolc (Feb. 2), Beltane
(Apr. 30), and Lammas (Aug. 1).
Dates are approximate. Some Wiccans observe Sabbats within a few days of the nominal date.
Dates are listed above are typical for the Northern Hemisphere. Dates in the Southern Hemisphere are usually offset by six months.
Dates are shown for the Northern Hemisphere. Add 6 months for the Southern Hemisphere. Some alternate names are provided:
Samhain (OCT-31) - All Hallow's Eve, All Saints' Day, All Hallows, Day of All the Saints, Feast of All Saints, Solemnity of All Saints, All Souls Day.
- Halloween, Samhain, All Saints' Day: Facts, misinformation, & links to web sites.
Winter Solstice (±DEC-21) - Alban Arthan, Saturnalia, Yule, Christmas...
Imbolc (JAN-31 to FEB-02) - Bride's day, Candlemas Day, Groundhog Day...
Vernal Equinox (±MAR-21) - Alban Eilir, Eostar, Eostre, Lady Day, Ostara...
Beltane (MAY-01) - Beltain, Beltainne, Beltaine, Bealtaine, Beltany, May Eve, May Day, Walpurgis Night...
Summer Solstice (±JUN-21) - Part 1 Part 2 Part 3: Alban Hefin, Gathering Day, Midsummer, Vestalia...
Fall Equinox (±SEP-21) - Alban Elfed, Mabon, Autumn Equinox, Harvest Home...
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Originally written: 2002-AUG-7
Latest update: 2017-APR-25
Author: B.A. Robinson
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