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June and July 2019 Heathen and Asatru Holidays

Maienzug (Aarau, Switzerland) takes place every year on the first Friday in July. It's an example of a moveable feast, that is, a holiday that is not on the same date every year. The following is a list of holidays with fixed dates which are celebrated by heathens or heathen-derived cultures.

June
8
Lindisfarne Day (American Asatru, American Odinist)

9
Day of Sigurd (American Asatru, American Odinist)

21
Midsummer (Urglaawe, England),
Hleifblot (American Asatru),
Líða (Theod),
Mittesommer (Germany),
Sommersonnewende (Germany),
Hochsommer Fest (Switzerland),
Midsommar (Norway),
Midsommardagen (Sweden)   

July
7
Lindenfest begins (Geisenheim, Germany)

9
Day of Unn the Deep-Minded (American Asatru), Lindenfest ends (Geisenheim, Germany)

15 Month of possible date of Hoietfescht begins (Urglaawe)

29 Stikkelstad Day (American Asatru)

31 Month of possible date of Honoring of the Weisskeppichi Fraa ends (Urglaawe)

Some moveable feasts require knowing the date of other feasts to derive their dates. Pinkster is on the fiftieth day after Easter, aka Whitsunday (in Deventer, province of Overijssel, Netherlands)
Pinkster Bruid or Pinksterbloem on Whit Tuesday (in Volte, Ootmarsum, Markelo, Rijssen, Hellendoorn, Hengelo, and other communities, province of Overijssel, Netherlands.)

Some of my readers may be wondering why I include American Odinist celebrations.  In creating these calendars, I've endeavored to make them broadly useful to heathens and others across many traditions, so, I'm trying to describe holidays that are currently celebrated by heathen groups or by heathen derived cultures, whether I'm interested in celebrating them myself or not. I'm not trying to prescribe which holidays to celebrate. (Note: USA Odinism and UK Odinism are different from each other.)

Image: Sif harvest basket, containing wheat harvested in June, photo by Erin Lale

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Erin Lale is the author of Asatru For Beginners and other books. She was sworn to Freya as Priestess in 1989, given to Sigyn, and is a Bride of Odin and his brothers (Honir, Lodhur, Loki.). She has been a freelance writer for about 30 years, was the editor and publisher of Berserkrgangr Magazine, is gythia of American Celebration Kindred, and admin/ owner of the Asatru Facebook Forum. In 2010 and 2013, she ran for public office. She is a dyer and fiber artist, was acquisitions editor at a small press for 5 years, and is the author of the Heathen Calendar 2017 and 2018.

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  • Shawn Sanford Beck
    Shawn Sanford Beck Saturday, 18 May 2019

    Hmmm ... Is "Lindisfarne Day" an actual thing? Seems a bit of an odd and disturbing event to celebrate ... I wonder what others in the heathenry community think about it?

  • Erin Lale
    Erin Lale Sunday, 19 May 2019

    It's on the official calendar of some groups. I'd guess it was probably intended as "fight the Christian oppressor." That was a popular attitude in the early days of heathen reconstruction in the US.

  • Shawn Sanford Beck
    Shawn Sanford Beck Sunday, 19 May 2019

    Right ... thanks for the explanation. Have a beautiful weekend!

  • Erin Lale
    Erin Lale Tuesday, 21 May 2019

    You're welcome, and thanks! Have a great day!

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