Mabon is the time of the harvest feast. At the Autumnal Equinox,
we celebrate and honor Earth's bounty by feasting on goodies from
the home garden, farmers' market, and green grocer. This autumn
dinner represents harvest cooking at its best. A mélange of autumn
vegetables roasts with a juicy whole chicken. Julienned vegetables
in a tart vinaigrette provide a zesty complement to the main...
Today is the longest day of the year. As the wheel of time presses forward we’re told that fairies are afoot. As the fairies dance, Mother Nature provides all manner of fresh foods for our pleasure. In our home we celebrate with a picnic to revel in the sun, have our fire festival (barbecue) and enjoy the company of good family and friends.
Veggie Kabob with Cucumber Sauce
Whatever the origins of May Day or Beltane are, it is still celebrated as a time of renewal within nature. Beltane can also be regarded as a celebration in anticipation of the coming summer season. Raven Grimassi, author of Beltane, discusses traditional May Day rituals and customs.
England The festivities now associated with the celebration of May reached their height in England during the Middle Ages. They were heavily influenced by Italian forms of celebration dating back to the time of ancient Rome. On the first day of May, English villagers arose at daybreak to wander the countryside gathering blossoming flowers and branches. A towering, tall Maypole was set up on the...