JANUARY 25TH – 27TH BURNS NIGHT TO PAGANALIA

Victoria and Albert Museum” by Nick Garrod, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. First V&A Director, Sir Henry Cole to the left of the picture.

Burns night is an increasingly important date on the calendar of Scotland’s Cultural Heritage. Wikipedia says it began ‘at Burns Cottage in Ayrshire by Burns’s friends, on 21 July 1801′ 5 years after his death. It is now celebrated around the world.

Paganalia, also known as Sementivae, was a festival dedicated to seed, to Ceres (from who we get the word cereal) and also the Earth Goddess of your choice Tellus, Demeter, Cybele, Gaia, Rhea etc.. Ceres can be seen on the top left roundel resting on the Globe on the marvellous Ceramic Staircase at the V&A.

Ceres represented Agriculture, Mercury Commerce, and Vulcan Industry. Old Photo by the Author. To be honest in real life it looks a little more like my photo than the gorgeous photo above!
Druids at All Hallows, by the Tower

Summer Solstice Walk, 21st June 2022.

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