One Journey, Many Paths~May

* 4/28 eve to 5/3 eve: Floralia–Old Roman festival devoted to Flora, Goddess of Flowers.

Beltane by Janice Duke

* 4/30 eve to 5/2 eve: Beltaine–Old Celtic/Welsh feast of Blodeuwedd (Goddess of Flowers) and Llew (the Oak King – God of the waxing Sun).

* 4/30 eve to 5/5 eve: Mid-Spring/May Day/Walpurgis–Celebrates sacred love and the flowering vegetation by gathering flowers and dancing around a Maypole.

* 5/1: Christian feast celebrating the sacred marriage of Blessed Mary and St. Joseph.

* 5/1: Birthday of Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881), Catholic mystic and evolutionary who experienced the union of consciousness with all Nature.

* 5/1 eve to 5/2 eve: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Artemis, who represents the feminine in Nature and protects women throughout their lives.

* 5/1 to 5/4: Zuni Green Corn Dance–welcoming back the Corn Maidens, who flee the land during the Winter.

* 5/1 to 5/31: May originally dedicated to Old Roman Goddess Maia; later dedicated to Christian Lady Mary – Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate.

* 5/2 eve to 5/6 eve (5/4 peak): Eta Aquarid Meteor Showers.

* 5/3: Taue Matsuri–Shinto rice-planting festival.

* 5/3 eve to 5/4 eve: Feast of God Poseidon, Goddess Amphritrite, and all Old Greek Gods and Goddesses of the seas.

* 5/6: Mindfulness Day–Zen Buddhist day for being mindful that everything you do, or fail to do, affects all sentient beings.

* 5/8: Christian feast of St. Julian of Norwich (d. 1419), mystic who believed Deity to be Father and Mother, everywhere in everything.

* 5/10 (5:43 p.m. EDT): Full Moon (Flower/Corn-Planting Moon).

* 5/13: Spring Migratory Bird Day.

* 5/13 eve: Vigil for lost mothers; night of mourning and healing.

* 5/14: Mothers’ Day–Day to give love and thanks to all mothers; day for all mothers to celebrate motherhood and contemplate their sacred duty to provide for the physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual needs of their children.

* 5/18: Feast of Old Greek God Pan, who represents the masculine in Nature and protects men throughout their lives.

* 5/19: Old Celtic/Irish feast in which sacred healing wells and springs were adorned with flowers in honor of Goddess Brigid, daughter of Mother Goddess Danu and Father God Dagda.

* 5/19: Endangered Species Day–Day to advocate for preservation of endangered species and their habitats.

* 5/21: Beginning of Gemini (the Twins/Lovers/Partners).

* 5/21: Dakinis’ Day–Day Tantric Buddhists make offerings to the Dakinis and Mother Tantra; day to unite will and power to manifest positive social change and environmental healing.

* 5/22 to 5/24: Rogation Days–Christian days of prayer for bountiful crops, sustainable development, and healing of environmental abuses.

* 5/25 (3:44 p.m. EDT): New Moon.

* 5/25 (OC 5/25): Ascension Day–Christian feast marking Lord Jesus’ ascension into Heaven.

* 5/25 eve: Old European feast of the Triple Goddess (Goddess of the Moon and the Seasons), marking the transformation of the Virgin into the Mother.

* 5/25 to 5/28: Iroquois Strawberry Ceremony–in thanksgiving for the strawberry harvest. Iroquois consider themselves kin to all of Nature.

* 5/26 eve to 6/24 eve: Ramadan–Muslim month of purification by self-reflection, fasting from sunrise to sunset, peace-making, and helping those in need. Ramadan Truce (through Eid al-Fitr).

* 5/27: Birthday of Rachel Carson (1907), biologist who began the environmental movement.

* 5/29: Memorial Day–Day to honor all soldiers who fought honorably and died in war, to mourn all of war’s victims, and to contemplate all the horrors of war.

* 5/29 eve to 5/30 eve: Feast of Old Greek Deities Aphrodite and Eros–Day to honor love and passion.

* 5/30 eve to 6/1 eve: Shavuot/Feast of First Fruits–Jewish festival of thanksgiving for the first fruits of the grain harvest. Originally, loaves of bread were offered to Elohim.

* 5/31: Christian feast of Our Lady, Queen of Heaven.

Excerpted from
A Multifaith Calendar Reflecting Eco-Egalitarian Spirituality
© 2016 Marija Miovski