Welcome - Winter Solstice 2023
Samhain ceremony is now closed. What is done, is done. With every ending comes a new beginning. We now make way for new opportunities and energies to enter our lives.
The year seems at its most oppressive. But into this darkness the light is re-born.
3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th December 2023
Go to Advent Candles for more information... Hope, definition: “to cherish a desire with anticipation: to want something to happen or be true”
Pat says - Ar sca'th a che'ile a mhaireann na doine. Under the shelter of each other, people survive.
|Greetings and previous get-together banners|
Festival Dates for 2023 Celebrations
Note: Refer to arrangements announced for each Celebration.
|Imbolc - 1 February||Spring Equinox - 20 March - 21.24 (2024 - 20 March 03:06)|
|Bealtaine - 1 May||Summer Solstice - 21 June - 15.57 - IST (2024 - 20 June 21:50 IST)|
|Lughnasadh - 1 August||Autumn Equinox - 23 September - 07.49 IST (2024 - 22 Sep 13:43 IST)|
|Samhain - 1 November||Winter Solstice - 22 December - 03.27 (2024 - 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 inbetween. Thus we have the alternatives of 2023 ...
|Imbolc - 4th February||Beltaine - 5th May|
|Lughnasadh - 7th August||Samhain - 7th November.|
Reports from 2007 to 2018 are available at our archived website - Archive Tara Celebrations
|We do not seek to do what they did, |
we seek what they sought.
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Please read the comments here if you are interested in joining in - Tourists and Visitors Information and here - Commonly asked questions
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 there will be guidance and suggestions how to celebrate posted online in the preceding weeks of the Celebration. 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.
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 - Connect.
and some wisdom from Pat:
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