As the wheel of the year turns towards Ostara and the first day of spring approaches we find ourselves with a number of ancient celebrations and other related days. Appropriate in nature the winter months have been fairly quiet and as we have turned slightly inward in reflection after Samhain. Mother Earth is awakening with spring and we have many celebrations in March.
March 1 - Matronali is the ancient Roman women’s festival honoring the goddess Juno.
March 2 – Anthesteria is the three day Greek festival to celebrate spring.
March 3 – This day is the sacred day of the Norse god Aegir.
March 5 – Ancient Egyptian festival of Navigium Isis to honor the goddess Isis.
March 6 – In ancient Rome this day was a day to honor the household gods and protectors.
March 11 – The moon goes into the new moon cycle at 12:51 p.m.
March 15 – Is the holy day of the Greek goddess Rhea.
March 15/16 – Ancient Roman festival of Bacchanalia also known as Bacchus or Dionysus.
March 19 – The ancient Roman festival of Quinquatria in honor of the goddess Minerva.
March 21 – Ostara, which is one of the eight Sabbats of the wheel of the year.
March 23 – Is the Norse festival of spring known as Summer Finding.
March 27 – The moon goes into the full moon cycle at 2:27 a.m.
There are many celebrations this month as we prepare for spring. The most notable and widely celebrated is the Spring Equinox that is referred to as Ostara in most Pagan paths. For many, the first day of spring is a time to start new things and get spring time planting going as the earth wakes from her winter sleep.
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