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Festivals and Holy Days

Books that explore the history and celebration of Christian, Pagan and Celtic festivals and holy days. Cover art may vary.

  • Mapping Time: The Calendar and Its HistoryMapping Time: The Calendar and Its History
    E.G. Richards

    The history of the calendar from antiquity to modern times. Descriptions of prehistoric calendars, Egyptian, Aztec, Mayan and other civilizations. Over 70 illustrations, including one of a portable sundial described by Chaucer.

    Paperback: 438 pages

  • The Pagan Book of DaysThe Pagan Book of Days
    Nigel Pennick

    A comprehensive guide to rituals and celebrations associated with the changing seasons, moon phases and equinoxes. Ancient Greek, Roman, Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, Norse, as well as Wiccan, traditions are covered.

    Paperback: 160 pages

  • Saints and Feast DaysSaints and Feast Days
    Ohio Sisters of Notre Dame of Chardon

    Biographies of every saint on the universal and American Church calendar for the Roman Catholic Church.

    Paperback: 188 pages

  • Candlemas: Feast of FlamesCandlemas: Feast of Flames
    Amber K and Azrael Arynn K

    Explores the festival which celebrates the end of winter in several different cultures, with special emphasis on St. Bride/Brigid.

    Paperback: 244 pages

  • OstaraOstara: Customs, Spells & Rituals for the Rites of Spring
    Edain McCoy

    Guide to the pagan celebration of Ostara/Eostre, a festival symbolic as the harbinger of Spring.

    Paperback: 198 pages

  • In the Fullness of TimeIn the Fullness of Time: Christmas, Easter, and the Early Church
    Paul L. Maier

    Roman history, Palestinian geography, archaeology and Jewish culture form the basis of this exploration into important events in Christianity.

    Hardcover: 384 pages

  • The Oxford Companion to the YearThe Oxford Companion to the Year
    Bonnie Blackburn

    An exploration of calendar customs, historical and folkloric information on every day of the year, the days of the week, months and seasons, and the major feast days and festivals in a wide variety of different cultures.

    Hardcover: 960 pages

  • Fast and Feast: Food in Medieval SocietyFast and Feast: Food in Medieval Society
    Bridget Ann Henisch

    Covers banquets, daily meals, laying the table, cooks, kitchens, manners (or lack thereof), customs related to food, and more.

    Paperback: 287 pages

  • BeltaneBeltane: Rituals, Lore and Celebration
    Raven Grimassi

    An exploration of rituals that relate to the spring season. Features folklore on flowers, fairies, and May Day characters such as Jack-in-the-Green, the Queen and King of May, The Green Man, Mummers, and more. Includes recipes and crafts for Beltane festivals.

    Paperback: 165 pages

  • Midsummer: Magical Celebrations of the Summer SolsticeMidsummer: Magical Celebrations of the Summer Solstice
    Anna Franklin

    Examines the origins of Midsummer festivals. Guide for creating a midsummer festival with instructions on performing seasonal rituals.

    Paperback: 225 pages

  • Daily Life in the Middle AgesDaily Life in the Middle Ages
    Paul B. Newman

    A detailed account of what life was really like in the Middle Ages. Includes sections on clothing and accessories, arms and armor, food and drink, entertainment, and healing.

    Paperback: 301 pages

  • Medieval CelebrationsMedieval Celebrations
    Daniel Diehl

    Provides complete guidelines on proper table manners, lyrics and music for festive songs and dances, rules for games, plans for decorating the dining hall, food and drink recipes, and period costume patterns. Specific information is offered for holiday celebrations, and wedding services and receptions.

    Paperback: 192 pages

  • LammasLammas: Celebrating the Fruits of the First Harvest
    Anne Franklin

    Explores the origins, customs and lore of Lammas (Lughnasa), the celebration of first harvest.

    Paperback: 284 pages

  • Kindling the Celtic SpiritKindling the Celtic Spirit: Ancient Traditions to Illumine Your Life Through the Seasons
    Mara Freeman

    Celtic traditions, stories, recipes, spells, and Gaelic expressions that pertain to each of the monthly festivals and celebrations. Explores the origins of many of these traditions and how they've been adapted into modern celebrations.

    Hardcover: 416 pages

  • The Celtic Book of DaysThe Celtic Book of Days: A Daily Guide to Celtic Spirituality and Wisdom
    Caitlin Matthews

    A collection of Celtic myths, prayers, lore and spiritual sayings based on the Celtic year.

    Hardcover: 128 pages

  • Yule: Celebration of Light and WarmthYule: Celebration of Light and Warmth
    Dorothy Morrison

    A collection of Yuletide history, lore and traditions. Includes chapters on holiday customs around the world, omens and superstitions, homemade crafts and gift ideas, and seasonal recipes.

    Paperback: 198 pages