Next Celebration - Winter Solstice 2022
Into the depths of winter, yet the days get longer from now on, and soon Spring calls... however, be still... for now is the time when we are blessed with some light even in these darkest hours.
Winter Greetings! Nollaig shona do gach duine!
The year seems at its most oppressive. But into this darkness the light is re-born.
Sunday, 27 November 2022 - First Advent Candle lit at 8pm
Read more about Advent Candles here - Advent Candles
“What were we doing”?
All the running around, rushing from place to place, meetings, classes for our children, endless shopping, driving and doing, doing, doing instead of BEING!
So, I hope for a return to a different life - a different society.
A society where we appreciate people who work in health care and retail and delivery companies – the people who have never stopped working throughout this Pandemic.
A society where we realise that we don’t need money to enjoy life – chats, hugs and walks in nature cost nothing.
A society where we look out for the less fortunate among us.
A society where the more fortunate among us realise how lucky we are to have the lives and the comforts that we take for granted.
As I light the candle of Hope this week I’ll reflect on those hopes – I hope you do too.
As of 26 November 2022, on the map above, all blue countries indicate visitors to the website this year.
Changes in life-style due to the Covid pandemic mean that folk hesitate to meet face to face in groups and thus not all celebrations are group gatherings.
Meditations are held on-line on an irregular basis.
Wherever we are within the universe we can all celebrate change and acknowledge this by witnessing the continual play between light and dark.
Based in Ireland, with connections all over the world, we are free, non-profit, open, inclusive and non-denominational, drawing on all spiritual philosophies and traditions.
Reports from 2007 to 2018 are available at our archived website - Archive Tara Celebrations
We are an eclectic mix of peoples of all beliefs and traditions that celebrates the ancient pre-celtic festivals using ritual, ceremony and meditation.
We create a contemporary ritual for each of the eight festivals drawing from the ancient traditions, mythology and beliefs found predominantly in Ireland.
Some meets are more like social gatherings whilst others are formal and ceremonial /ritualistic depending on the prevalent energies of the time and place as interpreted by the day's host.
When possible Celebrations are usually held outdoors and are open to all like minded people who feel drawn to be at the event. Get-togethers can happen at any time of day or night. If not possible there will be guidance and a suggestions how to celebrate posted online in the preceding week of the Celebration.
The volunteer hosts over recent years include Danielle, Vivia, Zoey, Jean, Martin, Marta, Dana, Anne, Tom, Bernadette Mac, Susan, Bernadette C, John M, Pat, Nora J, Nora M. Others who felt the call to tune in and plan each celebration have included Anne B, Des, Eileen, John A, Mary, Mary O, Theresa, Yamann and many others, who join in body or in spirit.
As it is not always possible to meet 'in person' we have focussed the energy of those who join in 'at a distance' into the Global Spiritual Wheel.
and some wisdom from Pat:
Issuu compilations of the 8 festivals experience
We now have one publication for each of the 8 festivals covering our experiences over 10 years to 2018 - Compilation of archived experiences Spring Equinox
Pinterest - Tara Celebration's Boards
Inspiration from cultures around the world for celebrating our lives on earth.
Read more about Summer / Autumn Festivals Around the World at these TC Pinterest pages
The website is now a collaboration between Michael in Canada (Clickopen.ca), Martin and Pat in Ireland, Nora in UK and with the help and input of many others.
We welcome any queries, insights or input. We may be contacted through email@TaraCelebrations.org