Swiss Independence Day

Joylina Goodings

I personally have many happy memories of this day, standing on my Great Aunt's roof, watching all the village bonfires and fireworks reflected all around Lac Neuchatel.  

Every village celebrates each year with paper lantern parades, bonfires, hanging strings of Swiss flags, fireworks and competitive rifle shooting matches (in advance of the September Knabenschiessen national shooting match).

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Ancient Egyptian New Year

Joylina Goodings

1st August (or 19th July according to other sources) marks the Ancient Egyptian New year, traditionally marked the start of the Nile flood, started by the tears of Aset (Isis) over the death of Asar (Osirus). The exact correlation of the Egyptian New year to the modern calendar is disputed,

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Lammas

Joylina Goodings
1st August Lughnasadh - Lammas (Pagan ) A harvest festival and one of the Pagan festivals of Celtic origin which split the year into four. As the Wheel of the year turns the Sun God transfers his power to the grain, As the grain ripens he sacrifices and resurrects himself with the harvest.
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Dharma Day (Asalha Puja)

Joylina Goodings

is a Buddhist commemoration of the Buddha's first public speech to five ascetics. He declared the middle way, the noble eight-fold path and the four noble truths upon which Buddhism is based. Celebrated by Buddhists worldwide, it’s considered a time to reflect on the qualities of the Buddha and express gratitude for his teachings which offer humanity a way to find release from its bonds.  

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Mercury retrograde in Leo July 26-19 August

Joylina Goodings

Mercury is the fire planet and is the fastest moving planet in our solar system. It takes 88 days to go around our sun. This means Mercury goes retrograde 3 times a year (very occasionally 4 times a year), for anything between 19-24 days. But this time Mercury is in Leo, a fire sign in itself, so how best to deal with this double fire.

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Eve of the Epagomenal Days

Joylina Goodings

26th July is the Egyptian Eve of the Epagomenal days of celebration for the birthdays of their ancient major Deities. The celebrations last until July 31st.

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Pioneer Day 24th July

Joylina Goodings

Pioneer Day is an annual state holiday in Utah in the United States. It commemorates the arrival in 1847 of Bigham Young and the Mormon pioneers when they settled in what is now Salt Lake City.

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Mary Magdalen’s Day 22 July

Joylina Goodings

22nd July St Mary Magdalen’s Day was celebrated in the First Book of Common Prayer, 1549, but was left out of the Second Book of Common Prayer published 3 years later. Apparently the original feast day venerated her as a representative of the perfect wife (church liturgy recommended readings such as Proverbs 31:10-31), so it is a day to celebrate the Sacred Feminine, maybe plant something, sew something, cook something and, of course, love something.

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