> From: Lowell McFarland [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> This Summer/Winter Solstice 2000 was both celebrated and noticed
> by more people than ever before if the flood of articles are correct.
> Uniquely, the Solstices, possibly the oldest celebrations in
> history, are also now again celebrated by people in almost all
> countries and from the secular to most religions, besides the Pagans,
> Celts and Druids, normally associated with the Solstices.
For the record, MANY Celtic pagans do NOT celebrate the solstices
and equinoxes because they agree with the scholars who think that the
ancient Celts did not celebrate the solstices and equinoxes. Such
celebrations seem to have gained piopularity in Celtic areas only in the
Christian era when they became associated with saints' days: St. John's Eve
(AKA summer solstice), for example, was celebrated in Ireland with customs
similar to those traditional for Bealtaine.
I must say that I find it unfortunate that Mr. McFarland continues
to spread the impression that celebration of the solstices and equinoxes is
universal among Celtic pagans, modern or ancient.