The legend of Valentines Day

There is no mistaking that St. Valentine’s Day is named after Saint Valentine as he was martyred for refusing to renounce Christianity on 14th February 269 A.D., and in 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius set aside February 14 to honour St. Valentine. As with most Christian festivals, there is a pagan counterpart to this day [...]

Candlemas Day

Every 2nd February is Candlemas Day, a day celebrated by Pagans and Christians. For pagans, the ancient festival marks the midpoint of winter, halfway between the shortest day and the spring equinox. Known as the ‘Feast of Lights’, the festival celebrates the increase strength of the life-giving sun as winter gave way [...]

Solstice sunrise at Stonehenge

Despite the weather, hundreds of druids and pagans still flocked to Stonehenge to celebrate the winter solstice. The ceremony to mark the shortest day of the year, began at 7:30am today, celebrating the first dawn after the darkest day.

Peter Carson, head of Stonehenge, said: “It’s not just those that see Stonehenge as a spiritual [...]