Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Thursday, Feb. 2: Celebrate early spring and return of life!

Imbolc Eve
Image by Christina's Play Place via Flickr
On Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, the #OccupyPortland Interfaith Guild of Chaplains will be holding a ceremony to celebrate the festivals variously known as Imbolc, Candlemas, Luciad, and St. Brigid's Day (transferred -- Feb. 1 in the Catholic and Anglican calendars), as well as the Japanese festival of Setsubun.

This observance falls at a cross-quarter between winter solstice and spring equinox, marking the mid-point between winter and spring in the northern hemisphere.

When: Thursday, Feb. 2, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: Northwest corner of the former Washington High School field/playground, at the corner of Southeast Stark Street and Southeast 12th Avenue (across from the "vegan mini-mall") -- and will end with a short sidewalk procession to the Che Room, the #OccupyPortland headquarters (only a block away).
What: A small eclectic/interfaith ceremony with some chants, songs, readings, and other activities.

Bring: small, non-obnoxious noisemakers such as rattles, small drums, etc.; candles to be blessed if you have them (we also provide some); beans for Setsubun "exorcism" of the evil spirits (traditionally, roasted soybeans, sold in some stores these days as "soy nuts"; but any kind of beans would do); your favorite Goddess-chants or Candlemas-related songs; food offerings to share.  This will be a highly participatory event.


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