From mid-November until the New Year greets us with all its promise, nearly every culture, ethnicity and religion spends time celebrating in some way the sacredness of this season. It is the darkest time of the year, the time of year when we retreat and find that piece of ourselves that lies buried deep within us for most of the year. It is a sacred time for millions of people and that sacredness is honored in many different ways.
I did a quick search and immediately identified 24 celebrations, holy days, or festivals that take place during this sacred season. I am sure there are more, but these are a good overview. Most of these festivals share common links, despite their diversity. In some way, each uses or honors light, love, giving. Most revere the saints and/or deities of their faith. Additionally, kindness, respect, genuine love for their fellow humans coupled with a theme of hope and promise are present in the rituals and festivities.
Noted below are the sacred dates I found and a little bit about them:
As you can see, the Holiday Season is rich in cultural, ethnic and religious celebrations all crowning the end of the year and welcoming the upcoming one. If you have any spare time in this busy season, look up one of these holidays to learn more. There is richness in each of them.
As always, A Sandy Place wishes you and yours all the light, love and warmth of this sacred season and a joyous and prosperous new year.
Yours in wellness,
Sandra L. Place (Sandy)