Looking at the eastern horizon we notice that each day the sun rises in a different place,

slowly moving up and down from the extremes of the solstices...

.... and at mid-day the sun is low in the sky at winter solstice moving to be high and above us in the summer.

Many take the cross-quarter days as the 1st of the month, set every year, or a similar set date depending on the tradition.

However, others also take the day as the mid-point between the adjacent solstice / equinox, eg. Winter Solstice to Spring Equinox with Imbolc inbetween.

Thus we have the alternatives of:

Imbolc - 3rd February,

Beltaine - 5th May,

Lughnasadh - 7th August,

Samhain - 7th November.


Imbolc - 1 February
Spring Equinox - 20 March - 15.33
Bealtaine - 1 May
Summer Solstice - 21 June - 10.13 - IST
Lughnasadh - 1 August
Autumn Equinox - 23 September - 02.03 IST
Samhain - 1 November
Winter Solstice - 21 December - 21.48

Making a Brigid's Cross for Imbolc?

It is sometimes related that in olden times, in the evening, each family member might have collected a bundle of rushes or sometimes straw. They wove the crosses then dipped them in water from a holy well. This is also practical, as damp rushes are easier to bend and work with. During that night they were left outside on the window cill so that St. Brigid would bless them as she passed over the land.

Learn more here... Brigid's Cross and about Brigid.... Bridget's Life, Wells and Customs


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Previous Celebrations

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

In 2020 and into 2021 all gatherings are affected by Covid-19 lockdowns and regulations as we experience the weirdness and changes that come with the pandemic. The Global Spiritual Wheel brings us together as we distance connect for each festival.


2021 - Ancestors - Global Spiritual Wheel
2020 - Stepping out of Shadows into Light - Tara
2019 - Celebrate Samhain - Fourknocks
2018 - Déjà vu Anyone? - Tara

Winter Solstice

2021 - A Free Spirited Solstice - Global Spiritual Wheel
2020 - Alignment on Hope - Tara
2019 - Simplicity & Splendour of Life - Tara
2018 - Goodbye Darkness, Hello Light - Dowth


2021 - Exercising the Goddess muscle, the Heart - home
2020 - - Tara
2019 - Community - Bective

Spring Equinox

2021 - Hello, Goodbye, the Light is on the Way - home
2020 - Goodbye Hello - Donabate
2019 - Emergence - Bective


2021 - Bealtaine with TC - Zurich & Home
2020 - Mother Earth - Kilmurry
2019 - Light - Dalgan Park

Summer Solstice

2021 - Back to Reality - Tara
2020 - Together, All One - Tara
2019 - Celebration - Bective


2021 - Gratefully Using & Sharing our Power - Teltown
2020 - Lughnasadh Reunion - Bective Mill
2019 - Our Own Harvest Time - Ciaran's Well

Autumn Equinox

2021 - Labyrinth on Donabate - Donabate
2020 - On the Threshold of a Dream - Global Wheel
2019 - Balance - Loughcrew

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.

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.

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 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, Danielle, 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.

Read more here... Global Spiritual Wheel

Issuu compilations of the 8 festivals experience - Compilation of archived experiences Imbolc

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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 (, Martin and Pat in Ireland, Nora in UK and with the help and input of many others.

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