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Festival Dates for 2024 Celebrations

There have been many influences in Ireland, connecting to different aspects of the turning of the year. All are mainly based on the agrarian cycles, planting, growth and harvest, the life cycles of crops and animals.

Note: Refer to arrangements announced for each Celebration.

Imbolc - 1 FebruarySpring Equinox - 20 March 03:06
Bealtaine - 1 MaySummer Solstice - 20 June 21:50 IST
Lughnasadh - 1 AugustAutumn Equinox - 22 Sep 13:43 IST
Samhain - 1 NovemberWinter Solstice - 21 Dec 09:20

However, for cross quarter days, some take the day as the mid-point between the adjacent solstice / equinox, eg. Winter Solstice to Spring Equinox with Imbolc in between. Thus we have the alternatives of 2024 ...

Imbolc - 4th FebruaryBeltaine - 5th May
Lughnasadh - 7th AugustSamhain - 6th November.

Previous Celebrations

Reports from 2007 to 2018 are available at our archived website - Archive Tara Celebrations

Samhain

2023 - Chanting Ohm for Peace - Tara
2022 - Cosmic Web Connects All & Everything
2021 - Ancestors - Global Spiritual Wheel
2020 - Stepping out of Shadows into Light - Tara
2019 - Celebrate Samhain - Fourknocks
2018 - Déjà vu Anyone? - Tara

Winter Solstice

2023 - Rainbow Clouds - Connect
2022 - Answering the Call - Connect
2021 - Free Spirited Solstice - Global Spiritual Wheel
2020 - Alignment on Hope - Tara
2019 - Simplicity & Splendour of Life - Tara
2018 - Goodbye Darkness, Hello Light - Dowth

Imbolc

2024 - Imbolc Celebration - Loughcrew
2023 - Recharge - Connect
2022 - Start of a New World & a New Way - home
2021 - Exercising the Goddess muscle, the Heart - home
2020 - 2.02.02.2020 - Tara
2019 - Community - Bective

Spring Equinox

2024 - Neutrality - Connect
2023 - Journey of the Five Directions - Tara
2022 - Tipping the Balance - Loughcrew
2021 - Hello, Goodbye, the Light is on the Way - home
2020 - Goodbye Hello - Donabate
2019 - Emergence - Bective

Bealtaine

2024 - Listening - Connect
2023 - Hidden - Connect
2022 - Set Aside - Global Spiritual Wheel
2021 - Bealtaine with TC - Zurich & Home
2020 - Mother Earth - Kilmurry
2019 - Light - Dalgan Park

Summer Solstice

2023 - Creating the Lighthouse Pt.2 - Tara & Connect
2022 - Be the Change... - Louth
2021 - Back to Reality - Tara
2020 - Together, All One - Tara
2019 - Celebration - Bective

Lughnasadh

2023 - Let it go and Let it in - Teltown
2022 - I WItness - Global Wheel
2021 - Gratefully Using & Sharing our Power - Teltown
2020 - Lughnasadh Reunion - Bective Mill
2019 - Our Own Harvest Time - Ciaran's Well

Autumn Equinox

2023 - Lucent - Connect
2022 - Fulfilled Mission - Global Wheel
2021 - Labyrinth on Donabate - Donabate
2020 - On the Threshold of a Dream - Global Wheel
2019 - Balance - Loughcrew

Free, non-profit, open, inclusive and non-denominational, drawing on all spiritual philosophies and traditions.

Please read the comments here if you are interested in joining in - Tourists and Visitors Information and here - Commonly asked questions

Focussing the energy of those who join in 'at a distance' into the Global Spiritual Wheel - Connect.

and some wisdom from Pat:

Wherever we are within the universe we can all celebrate change and acknowledge this by witnessing the continual play between light and dark, enjoying a contemporary experience for each of the eight festivals whilst remembering ancient traditions, mythology and beliefs found predominantly in Ireland.

We connect to place through archaeology, geology and people.

Changes in life-style due to the Covid pandemic mean that folk hesitate to meet face to face and thus not all celebrations are group gatherings.

If not possible to meet in person one of the regulars will post online guidance and suggestions how to celebrate in the preceding weeks of the festival.

When we do meet face-to-face 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.

Who arranges the meditations and celebrations?

Regular attenders, who 'know the ropes' and evening's general format, will set up the meditations using their experience of what suits most people. Evenings are lead by different people each week and thus a wide range of styles, traditions and inspiration is shared.

Read more about the intentions for the meditation and healing circle here...

Each Celebration event has a volunteer host, often aided and abetted by others, who calls the date, time and venue for the gathering and also the intention and focus, bringing to the fore the energies of the season.

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. The website is maintained by Nora J.

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 Winter Solstice

A new series of publications starting with winter solstice - Celebrating the Land - Imbolc

Pinterest - Tara Celebration's Boards

Inspiration from cultures around the world for celebrating our lives on earth.
Read more about Spring Equinox at these TC Pinterest pages

All queries, insights or input are welcome. email@TaraCelebrations.org