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Ft Lauderdale May Day Festival, Family Picnic, and Sun Celebration

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  • Sophia Letourneau
    Press Release Ft Lauderdale May Day FestivalBeltain Press Release and info: http://moonpathcuups.webs.com/beltainmayday.htm The Moon Path Chapter of Covenant
    Message 1 of 15 , Mar 31, 2013

      Press Release
      Ft Lauderdale May Day Festival
      Beltain Press Release and info:
      The Moon Path Chapter of
       Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) will host a
        May Day Festival, Family Picnic, and Sun Celebration

         12:00 PM - 7 PM, Saturday, April 27, 2013 - Rain or Shine 

          Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft. Lauderdale,
           3970 NW 21st Avenue  (between Commercial and Oakland Park),
            Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33309, 954-484-6734. Love Donation.

      Bring non-perishable food items (Or Cash Donation)
           to be donated to LifeNet4Families

      Bring Ribbons for the May Pole. Each one = 18 feet or 6 yards.
          (Or Cash Donation)

      The public is invited to attend the May Day Festival, Family Picnic,
       and Sun Celebration which will conform to,
        and celebrate the ancient tradition.

      The Vanya Edan Dance Company will present:
        Belly Dance Performance 2 PM 

      Bring your own picnic food and drink.
       Bring your drums and percussion instruments
        for the drum circle and ritual. 

      Food will be available for purchase from

      Feel free to come dressed in garb/costume. 

      Fun and Games for kids of all ages - Picnic (BYOF/D InOrOutside)

      Vendors in air conditioned facilities:
       (Ceramics, Drums,Henna Artist, Food,Jewelry, Massage Therapist,
        Psychic, Reiki Healing,Rune Reading, Sarongs, Soaps,
         Tarot Reading,T-Shirts,Various Merchandise)

      12 PM  -Opening
      1 PM    -Ritual - Pee Wee Pagans - Outside Play Ground
      2 PM    -Belly Dance Performance - The Vanya Edan Dance Company - Sanctuary Stage
      3 PM    -Drum Circle  - Outside Patio
      4 PM    -Sadie of the Hawk: The Queen of the May will select her King;
                   May Pole Dancing with ribbons
      5 PM     -Raffle Drawing
      5:15 PM  -Pre Ritual Grounding Meditation - The Luna Road Faerie Troupe 
      5:30 PM  -May Day Sun Celebration 
                   Anyone wishing to stay and participate is welcome    

      Visit the CUUPS Moon Path Chapter website for details on pagan activities.

      The full moon in the month of May is called the Flower Moon. 
       This year the Flower Moon is May 25, 2013 04:25 Universal Time.  

      MayDay (Beltaine)
       is one of the 4 Cross Quarter Sun Celebrations in the Wheel of the Year. 
        It is halfway between the two Quarter Sun Celebrations,
         Spring Equinox (Ostara) and Summer Solstice (Litha). 
          Exactly opposite November 1 (Samhain (SOW-in/Ireland) )
           on the wheel of the year. 

      This year the Cross Quarter is on May 5
       when the Sun reaches 15 degrees Taurus
        but it is always celebrated on April 30/May 1. 
      In the highlands of Scotland and England all the Cross Quarters are
      considered times of being able to cross over to the "other world".

      This is the time considered by some to be the start of spring. 

      The month of May was named after either the Roman fertility Goddess Maia,
       or the Greek Goddess Maia, mother of Apollo and Artemis;
        originally a mountain nymph, later identified as the most beautiful
         of the Seven Sisters, the Pleiades. By Zeus, she is also the
          mother of Hermes, god of magic. 
           Maia's parents were Atlas and Pleione, a sea nymph.

      The ancient Egyptians had both a lunar and seasonal (solar) 365 day calendar,
       which was divided into three seasons of four months each.
        Each month consisted of 30 days (3 weeks of 10 days per week).
         Five days called 'Heriu-renpet' were added to the solar calendar
          at the end of the three seasons for the birth of the Goddesses/Gods.
           An extra day would be added as needed.

      The heliacal rise of Sirius just before dawn was
       an extremely important event for the Ancient Egyptians. 
        The first visibility of the star Sirius on the morning sky,
         called heliacal rising, fell close to the Inundation of the
          Nile and was the beginning of the Ancient Egyptian solar year. 

      The first new moon after the heliacal rising was the beginning of the lunar year.
        3,000 years ago the heliacal rising was in early July, currently it is around
         August 1st.  Each lunar month was named after an Ancient Egyptian Goddess,
          God, or major festival.  In a year with 13 new moons, the 13th lunar month
           was added to the end of the year.

      The Ancient Egyptian ninth solar month from
       March 29 to April 27 is Shomu/Shemu I (low-water) when crops were harvested.

      The Ancient Egyptian tenth solar month from
       April 28 to May 27 is Shomu/Shemu II (low-water) when crops were harvested.

      The ancient Hellenic lunar months would start on the new moon and a
       new day would start at sunset.  The new year would start on the new moon
        before the Autumn Equinox.  Except for Athens which used the new moon
         following the Summer Solstice.  I use the Autumn Equinox and the lunar
          month of Boedromion for my calculations for the new year.  In a year
           with 13 new moons, the 13th lunar month (Poseideon II) was inserted
            between the 4th (Poseideon) and 5th (Gamelion) lunar months around
             December/January.  A different Goddess/God was honored for the
              full moon of the month.  
      The Roman calendar was originally lunar.
       The first days was the kalends (from which the modern word calendar is derived),
        the first quarter was the nones, and the full moon was the ides. 

      A crown of flowers was hung over the hearth, and sacrifices were made to the
       Lares, or household gods on the kalends, nones, ides, and all feast days.
        The waning moon was the unlucky part of the month and had no name. 
         The days were numbered backward from the first of the next month.

      The ancient Roman solar calendar consisted of 10 months in a year of 304 days.
       The Romans seem to have ignored the remaining 61 days, which fell in the middle
        of winter, the unmarked "Terror Time". The 10 months were named Martius,
         Aprilis, Maius, Junius, Quintilis, Sextilis, September, October, November,
          and December.   The year began with Martius "March".  Numa Pompilius,
           the second king of Rome circa 700 BC, added the two months Januarius "January"
            and Februarius "February". He also moved the beginning of the year from Marius
             to Januarius. This made the Roman year 365 days long.

      The month of Aprilis, the modern April,
       was originally the second month of the Roman civil year.

      The origin of the name Aprilis is unknown.
       The poet Ovid suggested that it was derived from the word aperrtum, open,
        as in the opening of the season of spring.
         There is also a similarity to the word apricus,
          which means sunny or warmed by the sun.

      The month of Maius, the modern May,
       was originally the third month of the civil year
        and is dedicated to the Goddess Maia.
         Maius is derived from the name of the Goddess.

      Nos Galon Mai ushers in the fifth month of the modern calendar year,
       the month of May.

      In ancient Italy, Cardea, the White Goddess, was celebrated as the Queen of May. 
       Cardea presided over marriage and childbirth and she carried a protective
        hawthorn bough. 
      The Celtic Blodeuwedd, wife of Lleu was also associated with
       hawthorn and celebrated as the Queen of May.

      MayDay is a powerful holiday, filled with legend and tradition
       that goes back farther than most recorded history. 

      One of the most famous is probably the Maypole, a tall pole of oak
       adorned with  a hawthorne garland and many brightly colored ribbons. 
        The ribbons would be held by the many participants who danced their
         way around the Maypole in opposing directions, weaving in and out
          until the people were almost arm in arm and the Maypole was woven
           with bright springtime colors from top to bottom. 

      The Maypole is actually a symbol for fertility of the land, and the ribbons
        being wound represent the movement of energies between the Earth and the Sky
        (The Goddess and the God) that causes the plants to grow and the world to re-awaken.  

      The Maypole, associated with May festivals, is traceable to an ancient Greek figure
       known as a herm, named for Hermes.  The earliest form of a herm was simply a
        wooden column upon which a ritual mask was hung. 

      The Maypole, a phallic symbol, represents the masculine. 
       The soft, colorful ribbons represent the feminine. 
         The union of the two symbolizes the union of the God and Goddess. 

      In ancient Egypt there was the Dejed-piler resembling a stylized tree. 
       The djed pillar (pronounced Zed) is a khemetic hieroglyphic symbol
        which stands for stability.  It represents the backbone of Osiris
         which is the greek form of the khemetic Asir.  The Djed was raised
          at various times, during the end of the A'aperti's reign &
          the coronation of a new one, and also during the winter solstice. 
           The common people raised the djed pillar during times of failing
            crops to ensure fertility which has to do with Asir being a Netjer
             of resurrection.  During the raising of the djed festival the
              A'aperti or the pharaoh would run a certain course to prove that
               he was still fit to rule.  It was decorated with a Tet Knot (bow)
                and Dejeds (flanges) to represent the union of Isis and Osiris.

      MayDay is a festival of Rebirth, traditionally a fertility festival.
       It is a celebration of the re-awakening of the earth, the opening of
        the flowers, the rebirth of all that had 'died' throughout the Winter's
         cold rule. There is encouragement for the crops to begin growing and the
          cattle to give birth to the next generation.  Birds and animals are mating.
           In the fields, newly planted seeds are beginning to grow. 
            Great fires are lit honoring the fertility God Belenos. 
             Some leap the fires to show the exuberance of the season.  
      The Land represented by the Goddess is now ripe and fertile and the
       Young God expresses His Love for Her.

      It is legend that children conceived at Mayday were gifted by the gods.

      The old Celtic name for May Day is Beltane (in its most popular Anglicized form),
       which is derived from the Irish Gaelic 'Bealtaine' or the Scottish Gaelic 'Bealtuinn',
        meaning 'Bel-fire', the fire of the Celtic god of light (Bel, Beli or Belinus).
         He, in turn, may be traced to the Middle Eastern god Baal.
      MayDay is also known as: Bealtaine; Bealtinne; Beal-tine; Bealtuinn; Beltan;
        Beltain; Beltein; Beltine; Bel-tien, Nos Galan MaiS; Shenn da Boaldyn; Walburga.

      The Year is divided into Quarters by the
       Winter Solstice, Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, and the Fall Equinox. 
        Halfway between the Solstice and Equinox is the Cross Quarter.  
         These Quarters and Cross Quarters are called the Wheel of the Year of the Sun. 

      MayDay (Beltaine)
       is one of the 4 Cross Quarter Sun Celebrations in the Wheel of the Year. 
        It is halfway between the two Quarter Sun Celebrations,
         Spring Equinox (Ostara) and Summer Solstice (Litha). 
          Exactly opposite November 1 (Samhain (SOW-in/Ireland) )
           on the wheel of the year.

      The eight Sun Celebrations in the Wheel of the Year are:
      Wiccan name:         Druid Name
      Samhain  November 1        (Cross Quarter)
      Yule     December 20-22    (Winter Solstice) Alban Arthan
      Imbolc   February 2        (Cross Quarter)
      Ostara   March 20-22       (Spring Equinox)  Alban Eiler
      Beltaine May 2             (Cross Quarter) 
      Litha    June 20-22        (Summer Solstice) Alban Hefin
      Lammas   August 1          (Cross Quarter)
      Mabon    September 20-22   (Autumn Equinox)  Alban Elfed
                           Mabon         Yule
                    Lammas                    Imbolc
                           Litha         Ostara

      Goddess Love and Blessings :))

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