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Upcoming Ukrainian Ridnoveri Holidays

If you've recently initiated contact with the Slavic gods and are wondering what to do next, here are some upcoming holidays you might want to research and explore. These are Ridnoveri holidays, which is a modern Ukrainian pagan path. Other Slavic peoples have some of the same holidays and some different ones. There are cultural and linguistic differences between the various Slavic peoples and their varieties of paganism but their gods are recognizably named the same names and most pagans consider the various versions of a same name god to be the same god, just like with the heathen Germanic and Scandinavian gods. That is, all versions of Mokosh are Mokosh, just like all versions of Odin are Odin, even if spelled slightly differently (Wotan, Odhinn, Mr. Wednesday, etc.)

The Slavic gods are busy right now so if you are going to pursue your new relationships, just honor them, don't ask for anything unless you're Ukrainian yourself.

The following is a list of holidays that some Ridnoveri people and groups celebrate. Not everyone celebrates all these holidays. Some of these holidays have a Christian history and some Ridnoveri pagans are Christopagan. Most Slavic Christians are Orthodox and their holidays follow the Julian calendar. Some Ukrainian Pagans celebrate the Christian holiday Масленица (Maslenitsa) instead of any of these.

Today, March 20, 2022, is either Весняне рівнодення or свята Ярила

March 24 Великдень

March 25 Благовіщення, Волочільне

March 31 Радуниця

April 17 Права середа

April 22 Лельник


Image: a Slavic pagan wheel of the year

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Erin Lale is the author of Asatru For Beginners, and the updated, longer version of her book, Asatru: A Beginner's Guide to the Heathen Path. Erin has been a gythia since 1989. She was the editor and publisher of Berserkrgangr Magazine, and is admin/ owner of the Asatru Facebook Forum. She also writes science fiction and poetry, ran for public office, is a dyer and fiber artist, was acquisitions editor at a small press, and founded the Heathen Visibility Project.


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