The Wiccan holidays Part 1, Yule || Enchanted Endeavours Ep.3.
How to Celebrate Holidays As a Pagan Around Non Pagans
Being Pagan can be tough sometimes, Esbats aren't usually a problem, but things can get dicey around times of the year when other religious holy days happen to coincide with Sabbats. Although Pagan religions are currently the fastest growing group of religions in the west, it still has Judeo-Christian religions to contend with, whose presence and practices have been entrenched in western culture and life. The purpose of this WikiHow is to show you how to you celebrate your religious holidays while still respecting the differing religious beliefs and practices of others in your life.
Note: In this context the term "Pagan" is used in it's most recognised western form: to signify nature-based religions and people of those religions who celebrate Sabbats such as Lughnasadh, Mabon, Ostara, Imbolc, Yule, Samhain, Beltane, Litha, or Equinoxes. In this text, "Pagan" refers to Wicca, Paganism, Neopaganism, Celtic Paganism, Celtic Polytheism, Asatru, Germanic Paganism, Druidism, Stregheria and their practitioners.
Make your personal space a Pagan haven.Your own space is your sanctuary. If you live on your own or with other Pagans then you can do up your house with all the trappings and spirit of the holiday. Decorate and fill your living area with all the trimmings that mean something special to you and make you proud and happy to be Pagan at this time of the year. If you live with non-pagans, decorate your own room, or your part of the room festively. It is your space, and any time you feel downtrodden or upset, retreat to your space and surround yourself with happy feelings. Use the area to remind yourself that your religion is just as valid and special as others and carry that joy around with you. It's easier to deal with Nativities or Menorahs at the grocery if you know you have your Yule tree waiting to greet you at home.
Do not apologise for your beliefs or Sabbats.You have as equal a right to celebrate the holidays of your religion as anyone else does to celebrate theirs. If others are curious, or attacking the Sabbat at hand, explain that this is your religion, and it is as valid as theirs [or in the case of Agnostics and Atheists- as valid as their right to have no religion].
Most holidays are joyous events, you can enjoy any party, regardless of the religion involved.If you are going to an event with another holiday as it's central theme, celebrate as cheerfully as you would at your own religion's party. Remember, "When in Rome..." You don't have to be Christian to sing Jingle Bells with your in-laws, or let your kids hunt Easter eggs at a friend's house. Going with the flow makes things easier when not on the home front. In turn you can invite people to your home and show them a good time, Pagan holiday style- while possibly fostering acceptance and respect for your beliefs.
Try to see any similarities that can help blend together the festivities.For instance, on Ostara/Spring or Vernal Equinox the visual symbols are quite similar to those of the more openly celebrated Easter. Luckily, the ancient symbols of fertility and creation [Rabbit and egg, respectively] translated into this modern holiday. Only you need to know that in your home the bunny has a deeper meaning than candy egg delivery man. At Yule you can send holiday greeting cards with Deer or tree themes as those relate close enough to both the Deer God/Yule tree and Reindeer/Christmas tree. If those you are sending cards to are Jewish, simple but elegant cards with white, silver and blue colors can symbolize the Winter Solstice for you and Hanukkah for them. Samhain is easiest as it has survived most traditionally intact. Although it can require a good sense of humor to not scream and rant about all the horrible images of warty green women.
Celebrate the deeper spiritual meanings of holidays at home and lighter traditions openly.Religion is deeply personal, so it should make things easier to keep meaningful parts at home than trying to set up a full scale Mabon altar in your cubicle at work. Wearing certain corresponding colors, or jewelry on the Sabbat can make you feel more fulfilled and less like you have something to "hide". You can be proud without shoving it down others' throats, or welcoming undue ridicule or questioning in an inappropriate setting. Remember that you are not trying to convert anyone, just celebrate your holiday.
QuestionHow do I celebrate Easter as a pagan?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThe Pagan equivalent (and origin) of Easter is Ostara, the Spring Equinox Sabbat. Pagans don't celebrate Ostara on the Christian day of Easter, but can enjoy the bunnies and eggs with those who do as it's in the same time period. If your parents celebrate Easter, you can have chocolate and enjoy their party (minus the possible churchy parts), knowing the true roots and meaning of it.Thanks!
QuestionIsn't the celebration of Festivus considered to be pagan?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo, Festivus is a fictional secular holiday created by the writers of the show Seinfeld.Thanks!
QuestionI can't decorate my room, as it is under construction, so what do I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou don't have to decorate your room, this is only if you want to. You can't decorate your room, but maybe you can manage to decorate other places in your house? You should ask your parents/roommates first before you do so.Thanks!
QuestionCan I go to church with my parents if I'm a new Wiccan?Community AnswerYes, you may go to church even if you are new to Wicca. Just remember to to stay true to your pagan faith.Thanks!
QuestionI live in Australia, and when I celebrate the holidays within my family I feel a little trapped, as I follow the southern wheel of the year. How should I approach this?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThe first thing you need to remember is that you are a very lucky individual to be able to celebrate the holidays with loved ones, it is a thing to be cherished and celebrated. Remember that the holidays are all about loving, caring, and giving unto others. If you focus on that, you will forget all about anything else.Thanks!
QuestionI follow the southern wheel of the year, and Litha and Christmas are coming up. It's my first year celebrating Litha. How exactly does one celebrate it?MysticalExperimentationCommunity AnswerLitha is a celebration of the Sun King reaching the peak of his power and beginning to decline. Depending on the mythos you follow, this may be the day he dies. Try decorating with roses, watching the sunset, and possibly having a bonfire.Thanks!
- Respect is key. You can't ask someone to respect you if you won't respect them. Anger and hurt may be present, but overcome it and be the better person. No one religion is better or more valid than another, we all have our own paths to walk.
- Let religion take a back seat. At Yule/Christmas celebrate being with family and loved ones regardless of the reason. Don't make otherwise happy get togethers a struggle over religious beliefs.
- Compromise! Ask if you can offer a Yuletime prayer after the Christian Christmas Story has been told.
- Find similarities in religions and use them to your advantage. Researching also provides intriguing reading on formation of new religions and what happens to the practises of ones when taken over.
- If you are not already well steeped in it, learn a little more about the Sabbats. Find interesting tidbits of tradition or myths that mean something special to you that you can express freely. Be creative. How about a Sun pin for Litha? To others a cute pin, to you a representation of the God.
- In an ideal world, people would respect and tolerate every aspect of one another, however unfortunately this is not the case in our world. Pagan religions are often misunderstood and as a general rule people fear and despise what they do not understand. It is good to be proud of your religion, but do not put yourself in danger. If you do not feel safe in a situation, leave it, or better, try to avoid situations where you could be in danger.
- As above, misunderstandings can have negative reactions. It can be especially hard on children who do not yet know how the world can be. If you are raising your children as Pagans, explain to them at an early age to always tolerate and respect other religions. Let them know that others may not always show them the same respect, and teach them how to deal with harassment or teasing.
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