Calendar of Festivals and Notable Days


(western only) Candelakana - 2nd Feb (Candlemas)
This ancient festival marks the midpoint of winter, halfway between the shortest day and the spring equinox. In pre-Christian times, this day was known as the 'Feast of Lights' and celebrated the increased strength of the life-giving sun as winter gave way to spring.

Mortuorum - (or 'Festus Mortuorum') (or Fravardigan)
- Probably a day or period leading up to Novalux
- But November 1st previously suggested date
- "Feast of the Dead"
- "All Souls Day"
- celebrate the spirits of the departed
- invite them to feast with you

Novalux - 21st March (also Nowruz)
- Novalux='New Light'
- spring equinox
- beginning of spring
- celebration of new life

Zartinatus - 26 March (Natus Zarti)
- birthday of Zarathustra
- celebrate wisdom and enlightenment

(western only) Saint Jesus - Good Friday

(western only) Saint George - 23rd April

Maiakana - may 1st (Maidyozarem (mid-spring))
- fertility, prosperity, burgeoning new life
- celebration of youth/young adulthood
- Spring 'King & Queen'
- Robinus : a lusty and lawless male figure
- Maia (or Maiana) : a goddess of growth

Tirikana - 21st June (Tishtrya Kana, Tirgan)
- water festival
- celebration of defeat of drought by life-giving rain
- ?celebrate physical strength and prowess
- ?celebrate Anahita as goddess of the waters?

Paitishahem - 22nd September
- Harvest Festival
- Thanksgiving
- End of summer
- Autumn Equinox

Mitrakana - 2nd October (Mithrakana, Mehregan, Michaelmas)
- Festival of Mithra
- Celebrate Mithra and the Good Powers
- Consider how can support Mithra
- Make 'Mitrakana resolution'

(secular celebration) Cyrus Day - 29th October

Atarkana - November 5th
- Fire Festival
- celebration of the life energy
- celebration of freedom
- story of the blacksmith Kavey, the good prince Freydon and the white wizard Albomagus in overcoming the evil tyrant Azidak

(western only) St.Nicholas - 6th December
- rewards the good and chastises the bad
- children especially

Yalda - 25th December
- or twelve days: 21st dec to 1st jan
after nightfall on 21st dec - death of Mithra
followed by three days of fasting until
after nightfall on 24th dec - 'Mithraic Breakfast' (makes sense in English language at least) expectation of rebirth celebration
25th december (after sunrise) - birth of Mithra
- called ZAYESH MEHR or ZAYSHMIR by Iranians

This page last updated October 4018