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    [size=15pt]Slavic Pagan Calendar [/size]

    [size=15pt]WINTER
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    Kolada
    Studen (December) 24-31

    This is one of the most important pagan Slavic holidays. At the time of the Winter Solstice, we sing songs for Lada and of praise to Perun who are prisoner now under frost and snow. During these days we celebrate our Gods by drinking a toast to them and burning bonfires deep within the forest. We wend our way singing from house to house, bemasked and dancing as we go. Under the aegis of the New Year, we sacrifice a Goat:

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    Behind a large mountain

    Beside a swift river

    Within a dark forest,

    Big bonfires are lit.

    On benches around the fire,

    These benches made of oak,

    Men of reknown on these benches seated

    Famous men, beautiful ladies

    Sing Kolada's songs.

    The Old Man in the center, seated

    Grinds his knife of iron;

    Boiling hot, boiling

    With the goat nearby…

    The time of sacrifice for the goat.

    (From an ancient folk song)

    The Days of Volos
    Procines (January) 1-6

    These moonlit and frosty nights have a name: The Holiday of the Wolves. These days are set aside for the worship of the God of pets and of cattle, whose name is Volos. We give our thanks for the animals on these days, which bring food and sustenance to our homes from ancient times. We also defend them from the ravenous wolves which attack.


    Turisi

    Procines (January) 6

    This is the holiday of the bull, Jar-tur, a symbol of the strong power of life and fertility. People today celebrate this day by donning masks, parading and imitating the Great Bull. Younger and older folk alike join in playing games of enjoyment, called "Turisi". This also ends the New Year holiday.


    Navii's Day (Vjunitci)

    Suhii (March) 1

    On this first of four days, slavic pagans remember their ancestors in prayer. Today, Navii's Day is the "Day of the Dead". People bring sacrifices and invite their ancestors to attend their feast with them.


    Maslenitsa

    Suhii (March) 21

    Maslenitsa is a very ancient festival, the holiday of the Spring Equinox and the end of the winter frosts. People enjoy themselves, engaging in much feasting, dancing, wearing of masks, playing on traditional musical instruments, and contests of strength, all to enact spring unbridled, in action and fighting. Traditional pastries are also baked, called blini (a type of potato pancake), to symbolize the sun.

    [size=15pt]SPRING[/size]

    Komoeditsi
    Suhii (March) 24

    This day is a very ancient Pagan holiday. This day we honor the great Bear God (Meveshii Bog) and make sacrifices to the Great God of Honey.

    Goddess Karna's Day
    Berezozol (April) 7
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    This second holiday is for the worship of our ancient ones, our ancestors. On this day, the Goddess of Crying and Wailing is honored. "…Put water on the table. Let refuse be burned near the gates on Great Thursday, and declare: 'Walking here near this fire, the spirits have warmth'.


    Lela's Holiday

    Berezozol (April) 22

    Today is the feast day to honor the Goddess-daughter, Lela. In Scandinavia, this day is celebrated in Odin's (Woden's) Honor. That says to us that Lela was one of the important Slavic Goddesses. Say a toast in honor of this Deity.

    Rodonitsa
    Traven (May) 1

    This is the third great day of worship of our ancestors, a day of remembrance. Today we bring beer, vodka, and food to our dead. During the feast, celebrants call their guests to stir from their sepluchres and eat and drink in remembrance of Trisna. This day is named "Rodnitsa" to honor the God Rod, the God of Family and of the Cosmos.


    Grudie Rosnoe

    Traven (May) 20-30

    During these ten days, Volhvs (Magicians, Soothsayers, Sorcerors) bring sacrifices to Rod for rain and for good, productive harvests.

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    Anonymous

    [size=15pt]SUMMER[/size]

    Jarila's Day
    Kresen (June) 4

    Today is dedicated to Jarila, the God of the Sun and fertility. Slavic people celebrate this holiday with festivities and dancing on a grand scale. "…As we approached, we saw about 4,000 men and women who had gathered together from all over Rus. It was some holiday, and we feared, when we saw how these manic people celebrated this day by erotic dancing, singing, and loud and high shreeks of delight." (Gerborod, July 4, 1121).

    Rusalka's Week
    Kresen (June) 19-24

    During this week we worship the Divinity of Rivers, Rusalka. Many tales and fortune-telling are associated with this week. In the forests bonfires blaze atop the mountains, and the spirits fly free over fields and lakes.

    Kupala
    Kresen (June) 23

    (In the Old Russian tongue, Kupala means "bather"). Today the holiday of the Summer Solstice and remembrance of the human sacrifices made in olden times to the Master of things Sub-marine, Jasse (Dragon). All through the night people are celebrating, singing songs, hiking, doing readings (fortune-telling). A blot is held near water. In times gone by, fires were lit in preparation for a sacrifice of a young maiden by rowning in the river. Later, however, the human sacrifice was replaced by a doll made of bread (a loaf-doll).

    Perun's Day
    Cherven (July) 20

    This is the holiday on which the Great God of Thunder, Perun, is celebrated. On this day human sacrifices (the slaying of a man or woman for God), were made on 12th of Cherven (July). At that time, a bull was also sacrificed and people feasted on the animal. The King and the Volvhs organized a spectacular fete with plays and much merry-making. "In the year 6491, the old men would make the decision; 'Cast lots on a boy and a girl. Destiny will decide who will be sacrificed.' There was a Varagian Christian who had a son. The lot [for sacrifice] fell on his son." (From Povest Vremeniih Let [The Tale of Years Past])

    Harvest Holiday
    Serpen (August) 7

    This is a holiday of bread, a holiday of the harvest. In the fields people cease their reaping in honor of Volos's beard. Thanks are brought to Volos and to Mother Earth in gratitude for a large harvest.

    Sproshinki
    Serpen (August) 15

    This is an agricultural holiday celebrating the end of haymaking. People have a good time, feasting, boxing, and much more.


    The Feast of Honor for Lada and Lela

    Ruen (September) 8

    This day Lada and Lela are honored because of the work in the fields has come to a close. A celebration is held with dancing and song. This marks the passing of Summer and its attendant warmth.

    Svarog's Holiday
    Ruen (September) 21

    This is the Autumnal Equinox, the day of the God of Fire and the Sky. This is the day to drink mead and honor Svarog.

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    Anonymous

    [size=15pt]AUTUMN[/size]


    Day of the Ancients

    Pasdernik (October) 26

    This is the fourth day of commemoration/worship of the Ancient Ones in the year. This is also a day of remembrance for the warriors who were slain in the year 1380 on Kulikovskoe Field. Say a toast to the honor and glory of the Russian Heroes.


    Makoshe's Holiday

    Pasdernic (October) 25 to Gruden (November) 1

    We celebrate this holiday on the Friday between October 25 and November 1. On this day we honor Mother Earth and give gratitude to her for her care and concern for us. The central icon for this feast is the vegetable.


    Day of Remembrance for Volhvs

    Gruden (November) 11

    "At the time of Gleb Svatsolavich, a Volhv appeared … who went unto the people and told his story. …A rebellion of great proportions occured in the town, and the people were set on killing the bishop. The townspeople became divided: Knjaz Gleb and his consort sided went with the bishop, but all the people sided with the Volhv." – Tale of Years Past

    The great rebellion in all the High Volga Region occured in Susdal in the year 1024. In 1071, two Wizards gave orders to the vast area from the Volga. 'In the year 6735, (1227 C.E.), four Volhvs were immolated for their conjuring and working of magic. And God did this! They were all burned in Jaroslav's Court'. – First Novgordian Epistle

    Tip the horn in remembrance of those (people) who died at the Christian's "virtuous" hands.

    #349218

    Anonymous

    This is the most comprehensive Slavic calender I've seen, I was just wondering where you got your information from. I've been looking around but I've had very little luck finding information on the subject.

    #349219

    Anonymous

    Curious too hun.. where did you get the information!!!  Lada is probably my favorite goddess and her day is 2 days before my birthday. :))))

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