By Bobinec, Greg on Might 6, 2019.
Herald photograph by Greg Bobinec
Jamie Hume speaks to the viewers in regards to the symbolism behind the spring competition, on the third annual Lethbridge Pagan Fest, Saturday afternoon in Galt Gardens. @GBobinecHerald
The Southern Alberta Pagan Affiliation helped deliver within the begin of spring with their third annual Pagan Pageant in Galt Gardens.
Saturday afternoon, the park crammed with Pagan-themed artisan purchasing, youngsters actions, stay music, displays on Paganism from individuals resembling Belinda Crowson, and plenty of different actions for the entire household. Though this 12 months’s competition suffered some chilly climate, the Pagan group in and round Lethbridge continues to develop.
“That is our third annual Pagan Pageant and we’re celebrating the Pagan group and the start of spring and the fertility of individuals and Mom Earth,” says Lorien Johansen, chair of Southern Alberta Pagan Affiliation.
“There are much more individuals who establish as Pagan than you’ll anticipate, we’ve over 500 followers on our Fb web page and that’s simply that web site. There are lots of people that come out to our occasions and work together with us, so we’re most likely about 1,000 individuals domestically that we all know of.”
All through the day, individuals had been in a position to be taught extra about Paganism and in regards to the spring competition referred to as Beltane, which is a Gaelic time period for the Might Day competition. Historically, Beltane marked the start of summer season when cattle had been pushed out to the pastures and rituals had been carried out to guard the cattle, crops and folks, together with encouraging development. On the competition, the standard Maypole dance is conduced the place individuals wrap ribbon round a tree in a round movement, to indicate that the joyful season of heat and luxury has returned.
“Beltane is the celebration of the start of spring and summer season, the planting of seed, it’s historically a fireplace and fertility competition,” says Johansen. “The Might Pole is the illustration of the God and Goddess, the pole is the God and the ribbons are the Goddess and it’s the intertwining of the 2 and the intent is to have all the ribbons wrapped across the pole by the top of the dance.”
Paganism has been round so long as Christianity and Catholicism and has a really wealthy historical past of acceptance and caring. Many individuals nonetheless maintain stereotypical views in regards to the faith resembling sacrificing, however organizers say they’re nothing like the faith was to start with, however they nonetheless maintain true to the divine character of the pure world.
“There’s a thought that Paganism and witchcraft is the sacrificing and consuming of kids, bathing in blood and worshiping the satan and the graffiti of cult symbols throughout buildings, and that we’re all darkish evil individuals who summon demons and none of that’s true,” says Johansen.
“Though I do have the stereotypical witch outfit, it’s extra of a enjoyable costume. People who find themselves Pagan are regular on a regular basis individuals, we’ve actual jobs, youngsters in faculties, we’ve households and we’re concerned locally in additional methods than simply this. Paganism is such an accepting group, we don’t discriminate primarily based on something, there is no such thing as a exclusion of ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, or no matter spiritual background you come from, if that is one thing you establish with we’ll settle for you.”
The annual Pagan Pageant introduced peace and happiness to the beginning of spring and summer season as they invited the group to find out about their beliefs.
and participate of their traditions.
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