Government trying to take away Official Holiday - Beltane

Dawn Storm
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Yes, the Government are at it again....centuries later still trying to destroy the Pagan Religion...or am I just a Conspiracy Theorist?

Whichever way you look at it, even if non-Pagans don't recognise 1st May as Beltane (and they should at least know it is!) it is still classed as a

Religious holiday - so if they get rid of it (well they want to move it to October or something!) I fear it will disappear off the radar to other religions. 

This could be a great opportunity to educate the World into the tradition of Beltane and we could re-light it so that many more people

want to celebrate it and make a tradition out of it.  I think there will be a consultation coming up about this, but in the meantime

any ideas?  perhaps a celebration in Central London outside the House of Commons or something?  Even a bonfire? only kidding

on the other hand.......

 

 

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Dawn Storm
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Re: Government trying to take away Official Holiday - ...

You are of course right, this is a Secular holiday.  I wanted to get across the fact that Pagan festivals have been replaced by Religious Orders. Mixing up Religious Orders with Government in my conspiratory head.

 "May Day festivals began as a pagan spring rite, though the Church adapted them to Christianity early. They survived for centuries despite Puritan protests"

"When the Romans lost their hold on Europe, early Catholic leaders turned May Day into a Christian holiday".

It seems the festival was banned by Oliver Cromwell but brought back again by Charles II

" As Europe became Christianized the pagan holidays lost their religious character and either changed into popular secular celebrations, as with May Day, or were merged with or replaced by new Christian holidays"

I've been trying to look into this to see if it was ever a public holiday as a recognition of Beltane/ Pagan religion but haven't come up with anything - this would certainly be a good case for a Religious Holiday and a good case for not removing the public holiday aspect to it.  What do you know about this?  Do you know of any connection to a public holiday before Secular one?  I can only find things to connect Labour day. 

Many thanks

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Marc Bolan

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CalonDdraig
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Re: Government trying to take away Official Holiday - ...

This is not good news. May Day is a long held tradition of great antiquity. I didn't know that it is classed as a religious holiday by the government, I thought it was just a secular bank holiday, but either way it will have a negative impact on practicing pagans.

It's quite right of course that we do need more bank holidays in this country - compared to say, France, we have few public holidays, however moving this longstanding tradition is not a good idea in the least. Why not just add another bank holiday to the calendar for October. Guess what, Samhain would be a great timeWink

~CalonDdraig