Pagan Holidays: 2018 Calendar of Pagan Holidays, Festivals, and Major Moon Phases
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Calendar of the Pagan Year

Paganism predates all other religions and influenced their development. Because of this, many "newer" holidays in all religions fall on dates that coincide with the celebrations of Pagan festivals that marked the major solar and lunar events on what has come to be called the Wheel of the Year. Pagan Sabbats celebrate the Sun's influence on the Earth or the seasonal growing cycle. Pagan Esbats mark the phases of the Moon and particularly the Full Moons. In Paganism, there exist major and minor days and seasons of celebration. What follows is a schedule of the major holidays.

Pagan Calendar for 2018

All dates correspond with the Gregorian or Western calendar.

Imbolc

Imbolc is on Friday, February 2

Imbolc

Imbolc, also called Oimelc and Candlemas, celebrates the awakening of the land and the steadily increasing power of the Sun.


Ostara

Ostara is on Tuesday, March 20

Ostara - Spring Equinox - Eoster

Ostara, or the Spring Equinox, celebrates the renewed life of the Earth in the Spring.


Beltaine

Beltane is on Tuesday, May 1

Beltaine - Beltane

Pagans celebrate Beltaine with maypole dances that symbolize the mystery of the Sacred Marriage of Goddess and God.


Midsummer

Midsummer 2018 is on Thursday, June 21

Midsummer - Summer Solstice - Litha

Midsummer marks the longest day of the year


Lughnasadh

Lughnasadh is on Wednesday, August 1

Lughnasadh - Lammas

Lughnasadh is a harvest festival of Celtic origin that splits the year into four.


Mabon

Mabon 2018 will begin on Friday, September 21 and ends on Saturday, September 29

Mabon - Autumn Equinox

Mabon marks that time of the year when day and night are of equal length.


Samhain

Samhain 2018 will begin on the evening of Wednesday, October 31 and ends on the evening of Thursday, November 1

Samhain (Hallowe'en)

Samhain (pronounced 'sow'inn') marks the Feast of the Dead. Many Pagans also celebrate it as the old Celtic New Year.


Yule

Yule 2018 will begin on Friday, December 21 and ends on Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Winter Solstice - Yule

Yule marks the winter solstice, when the sun is reborn and new life begins through the love of the Gods. In the Northern Tradition, Yule marks the New Year.


2018 Sabbats, Holidays, Festivals, and Moon Phases

The following list includes the major sabbats, holidays, and festivals for both the northern and the southern hemispheres, along with the major phases of the moon.

(SH) = Southern Hemisphere

January 2018:

Full Moon – January 1

Twelfth Night – January 5

New Moon – January 16

Full Moon – January 31

February 2018:

(Note: no full moon in Feb 2018)

Imbolc – February 1

Lughnassadh (SH) – February 2

New Moon – February 15

March 2018:

Roman New Year – March 1

Full Moon – March 1

New Moon – March 17

Ostara, Spring Equinox – March 20

Autumn Equinox (SH) – March 20

Full Moon – March 31

April 2018:

New Moon – April 15

Full Moon – April 29

Beltane Eve – April 30

Samhain Eve (SH) – April 30

May 2018:

May Day/Beltane – May 1

Samhain (SH) – May 1

New Moon – May 15

Frigga Blot – May 27

Full Moon – May 29

June 2018:

Bellona Festival – June 3

New Moon – June 13

Asatru Alliance Founding Day – June 19

Summanus Festival – June 20

Summer Solstice – June 21

Winter Solstice (SH) – June 21

Day of Bad Omens – June 23

Full Moon – June 28

July 2018:

New Moon – July 12

Neptunalia – July 23

Full Moon – July 27

Lughnassadh Eve – July 31

Imbolc Eve (SH) – July 31

August 2018:

Lughnasadh – August 1

Imbolc (SH) – August 1

New Moon – August 11

Portunalia – August 17

Full Moon – August 26

September 2018:

New Moon – September 9

Autumn Equinox – September 23

Spring Equinox (SH) – September 23

Full Moon – September 24

October 2018:

New Moon – October 8

Fontus Festival – October 13

Full Moon – October 24

Samhain Eve – October 31

Beltane Eve (SH) – October 31

Halloween – October 31

November 2018:

All Saints Day – November 1

Festival of Woden – November 2

Bonfire Night – November 5

New Moon – November 7

Full Moon – November 23

Feast of Ullr – November 27

December 2018:

New Moon – December 7

Winter Solstice – December 21

Summer Solstice (SH) – December 21

Yule Feast – December 22

Full Moon – December 22

Yule 12th Night – December 31