Festivities of Natural Annual Events: Midway Solstice & Equinox

February 1, 2013 by Categorized: Earth Matters, Earthly Rites, Nature in the News.

For the duration of this article and others by me (Rua Lupa) I’ll refer to the Hemispheres, Solstices, Equinoxes, and Cross Quarters by the Ehoah associated names for two reasons, 1) It is what I am familiar with and 2) It takes a lot less words, so it summarizes nicely.

Legend of Ehoah Phrases

Borealis (Northern Hemisphere),

Australis (Southern Hemisphere),

Equilux (‘Equal Light’ – Vernal Equinox)

Translux (‘Transition to Light’ – midway vernal equinox and summer solstice)

Lux (‘Light/Day’ – Summer Solstice),

Transequinox (‘Transition to Equal Dark’ – midway summer solstice and autumnal equinox)

Equinox (‘Equal Dark’ – Autumnal Equinox)

Transnox (‘Transition to Dark’ – midway autumnal equinox and winter solstice)

Nox (‘Dark/Night’ – Winter Solstice)

Transequilux (‘Transition to Equal Light’ – midway winter solstice and vernal equinox)

What is Seasonally Occurring

Right now it is between the solstice and equinox for both hemisphere’s.

For Borealis this is midway Nox and Equilux with noticeably longer days and the coldest time of year nearer the north pole.

In Australis it is midway Lux and Equinox with noticeably longer nights and the hottest time of year nearer the south pole.

 

Where the majority of earth’s population is (at and north of the Tropic of Cancer with the addition of Southern & Western Europe) the first signs of spring are appearing, usually in the forms of early flowers and returning/nesting birds. Farther North of the Tropic of Cancer and the other regions of Europe, it is the last of winter.

 

For the Tropics, this is the point in time when the Tropical Rain Belt shifts from its farthest southern point to moving northward. Thus, for the Australis Tropics, it marks the last of the raining season, and the beginning of a rainy season for the equator, where rainy seasons occur.

Source: Wikicommons, Tropical Rain Belt

 

 

What Are The Seasonal Customs

In Borealis, most of the temperate climes are having winter carnivals, where almost every community organizes wintry themed activities, such as snow sculpting, ice fishing, ice skating and so on before the snow melts in the following months. For the warmer climes of the northern hemisphere, there is more focus on the coming warmth and light of summer, banishing the dark, cleansing (ritually with fire or through diet or with thorough housecleaning) and celebrating the beginning of spring. Many regions celebrate with brilliant colours, a healthy dose of mischievousness and youthful gaiety in the excitement of spring. As the night still comes early for both climes, there are usually fireworks, bonfires and light displays during or marking the beginning or ending of the festivities.

 

 

Northern Hemisphere

CELEBRATION

GENERAL DATE

SPECIFIC DATE

CALENDAR

REGION OF ORIGIN

CULTURE

Patras CarnivalLate January

17 January until 7th week before first Sunday after the full moon (the Paschal Full Moon) following the northern hemisphere’s vernal equinox.

Gregorian calendar

Southeast Europe

Greek

SadehLate January

50 days before Northward equinox (~March 21)

Zoroastrian calendar

Western Asia

Persian

Tu BishvatEarly February

~296 days after the night of a full moon after the vernal equinox

Hebrew calendar

Western Asia

Hebrew

ImbolcEarly February

1-2 February or nearest full moon to this date or first signs of spring

Gregorian calendar

Celtic calendar

Wheel of the Year

North Western Europe

Celtic

TransequiluxEarly February

45 days after winter solstice /45 Days before the Vernal Equinox (Dusk of Feb 3 – Midday Feb 4)

Ehoah Year Wheel – Gavia, Borealis Kalendar

Earth

Saegoah

Chūnjié – Chinese New YearEarly February

When the sun is exactly at the celestial longitude of 315° ending on the 15th day – around February 4 and ends around February 18 (February 19 East Asia time)

Chinese calendar

East Asia

Chinese

Groundhog DayEarly February

Feb 2nd

 

Gregorian calendar

Central Europe

Pennsylvania Dutch

Lupercalia Early February

February 13 through 15

Gregorian calendar

Southern Europe

Roman

MaslenitsaLate February

last week before the 7th week before first Sunday after the full moon (the Paschal Full Moon) following the northern hemisphere’s vernal equinox

Ecclesiastical calendar

Eastern Europe

Eastern Slavic

 

Southern Hemisphere

CELEBRATION

GENERAL DATE

SPECIFIC DATE

CALENDAR

REGION OF ORIGIN

CULTURE

Lammas LughnasadhEarly February

February 1st

Gregorian calendar

Celtic calendar

Wheel of the Year

North Western Europe

Celtic

TransequinoxEarly February

45 days after summer solstice / 45 days before autumnal equinox

(Dawn of Feb 3 – Midnight)

Ehoah Year Wheel – Sphenisci, Australis Kalendar

Earth

Saegoah

 

 

Most of the celebrations described on this time of year reflects the northern hemisphere’s side of things as information on celebrations elsewhere are difficult to come by. Anyone with information on seasonal festivities for the equatorial region and the southern hemisphere please comment below so that these regions become better represented.

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7 Responses

  1. I don’t think I’ve seen the concise side-by-side explanation of light, rain pattern and festival before. Interesting.

  2. This would be a great “Sit around the Fire” chat. Someday, perhaps.

  3. I appreciate the explanation of the equinoxes and solstices in terms of environmental changes. In my experience, it seems like a common reason given (in Neopagan texts at least) for celebrating at these times is due to the Sun and Earth’s astronomical positions. While that is important, leaving the reason at that alone feels disjointed from what we as humans can see around us. There should be greater effort, like you did here with the rain belts, to explain what those different astronomical positions result in to in detail, other than just saying that they mark the change of seasons.

    I also like that you call for more equatorial and southern traditions to be added. Those regions seem neglected or disconnected with the usual Neopagan holidays, and I’m personally a fan of environment-based holidays.

    • Greetings Uloboridae.

      Your point of the celebrations to be explained solely by the astronomical positions, causing a feeling of being disjointed from what we experience, was a big motivator for me to explain in detail what else is happening in this post. As well as my work in the Ehoah tradition to bring that out in our celebrations. I’d like to see if there are others that take this approach as well and collaborate. Especially with those in the equatorial and southern hemisphere regions.

      If you yourself or others know of any environment-based holidays that I’ve missed, please let me know so I can add them for next year. Especially of those coming up too, as I’d be working on the next one soon enough.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment :)

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