Norse Holidays

Imbolc | Disablot | The Charming of the Plow

February 2 or the First New Moon in February
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Ostara | Spring Equinox

Art by Josephine Wall

Spring Equinox, on or around March 21st
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Beltane | May Eve

April 30th – May 1st
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Midsummer | Litha | Summer Solstice

On the Summer Solstice, around June 20th
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Samhain | Halloween | Final Harvest

On October 31st
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Lammas | Freyfest | First Harvest

August 1st
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Yule | Winter Solstice

On the Winter Solstice, around December 20th and celebrations to January 1st
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Mabon | Fallfeast | Second Harvest

On the Autumn Equinox, on or around September 21st
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January 9th – Raud the Strong
a Norwegian chieftain whom Olaf Tryggvason killed for refusing to convert. The end of a metal horn was put down Raud’s throat; a poisonous snake was then put into the horn and the other end heated to drive it along…

February 9th – Eyvind Kinnrifi
whom Olaf Tryggvason tortured to death when he refused to convert, by putting a metal brazier filled with burning coals on his belly.

February 14th – The Feast of Vali
Vali is the son of Odin who avenges his brother, Baldr, after his death.

March 28th – Ragnar Lodbrok’s Day
However you choose to spell it, Ragnar Lothbrok’s name will not be forgotten for many, many years to come. We celebrate him on the recorded day of his successful sacking of Paris.

June 9th – Sigurd the Dragonslayer
(known in German versions of the story as Siegfried)

September 9th – Hermann the Cheruscan
embodiment of German freedom, who kept Germany from being over run by the Romans and suffering destruction of their culture and language such as was experienced by occupied Celtic Gaul.

November 9th – Queen Sigrid of Sweden
wooed by Olaf Tryggvason, the relationship ended sharply when she told him that she had no intention of leaving the gods of her fathers and he slapped her across the face. She was the chief arranger of the alliance that brought him down.

April 9th – Haakon Sigurdsson (Haakon the Great)
one of the Jarls of Hladhir, a great defender of Heathenism in Norway during the brutal period of forced conversion to Christianity.

July 9th – Unn the Deep-Minded
a woman who was one of the great chieftains of the Icelandic settlement.

October 9th – Leif Eriksson & his sister, Freydis Eriksdottir
leaders of the earliest known European settlement in America.

November 11th – Feast of the Einherjar
in which the fallen heroes in Valhalla, and in the halls of the other Gods and Goddesses are remembered.

May 9th – Gudrod of Gudbrandsdal
whose tongue was cut out by the Norwegian king ‘St. Olaf’ (St. Olaf, otherwise known as ‘Olaf the Fat’ or ‘Olaf the Big-Mouthed’, was canonized for his efforts to convert Norway by fear, murder and torture).

August 9th – King Radbod of Frisia
who, standing at the baptismal font, changed his mind and refused conversion when told that his place in the Christian Heaven would mean his separation from the souls of his ancestors..

October 28th – Remembrance of Erik the Red

November 27th – Feast of Ullr and Skadi
a hunting festival to celebrate the God and Goddess of the Hunt.

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