The Spring Equinox is a solar festival celebrating the time when the day and night are of equal length. It is not known whether there was a name for this festival within Celtic culture but it is believed to be related to the northern goddess Ēostre or Ostara which, in turn, inspired the Christian festival of Easter.
The Summer Solstice 21st June Midsummer’s eve, St John’s Night Litha, meaning light, is a festival dedicated to the life-giving, regenerative powers of the sun. The ancient Irish were celebrating the Summer Solstice thousands of years ago. In Neolithic times temples such as Newgrange in Co. Meath were built in accordance to the cycle of the sun. On the summer and winter solstices light flows through the passage at Newgrange, lighting up its sacred chamber.
The festivals of the darker side of the year, now commonly known as Christmas and Halloween. Find out more about Celtic festivals on Ireland Calling (scheduled via http://www.tailwindapp.com?ref=scheduled_pin&post=224959)