> From: Wendy Hunt [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> Whether or not the pagans chose to celebrate those holidays, I have no
> problem with. I am sure many don't mark the holiday. However to claim
> that they are christian holidays adopted by pagans is absolutely ABSURD.
It would be--but I didn't say that. I wrote:
"Such celebrations seem to have gained popularity 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."
Does that say that pagans celebrated Christian feasts? No, it says
On the other hand I consider that it is indeed "ABSURD," to quote
the gentle Wendy, to claim that sabbats and esbats and the wheel of the year
were used by pre-Christian Celts.
> I wonder why those pagans who don't celebrate solstices in ancient times
> have built so many megaliths that accurately mark the passing of the
> solstice :) Perhaps they are just giant grandfather clocks dotting the
The Celts didn't build Stonehenge or any of those megalithic
structures. More misconceptions.