Pasen en Britse Paasgebruiken

Pasen staat voor de deur. In het Verenigd Koninkrijk wijkt de viering van Pasen niet zo veel af van de manier waarop wij dit vieren. Veel paaseieren en paashazen, eieren zoeken, lekker eten en samenzijn. Over de oorsprong van de hazen en de eieren schreef ik al eerder in een blog over Ostara en de [...]

The Cailleach, Goddess of Winter

Voor de Nederlandse versie van dit verhaal klik hier. Midwinter, winter solstice. This time last year I wrote to you about the history of Yule and the pagan roots of what we now call Christmas. But winter is not just Yule. It is also the time of the Cailleach, the Celtic goddess of winter. The [...]

Special: UK elections

I am really sorry, this blog is not available in English. This is a tekst in which I explain to my Dutch readers how the UK electoral system works. De afgelopen weken heb ik op de Puffins and Pies Facebook pagina proberen uit te leggen hoe de verkiezingen in de UK in elkaar steken en [...]

Midsummer

De Nederlandse vertaling van dit artikel vind je hier In England, midsummer or summer solstice is synonymous with Stonehenge and the midsummer celebration there with thousands of people gathering at the famous stone circle every year. In the early morning of June the 21st, they gather to see the sun rise over the so-called 'Heel [...]

Beltane

Nederlandse versie van dit artikel door hier te klikken On the first of May Beltane was celebrated in pre-Christian Britain. The name Beltane is Gaelic. The oldest written sources date from the 9th and 10th century from an Irish writing that talks about Beltine, the fire (tine in Gaelic) of Bel. It is Samhain's counterpart, the [...]

St George’s Day, about dragons and dinosaurs. How mythology became paleontology.

Voor de Nederlandse versie van dit verhaal klik hier. April 23rd is St George’s Day in England. The feast day (and in this case also the day of death) of Saint Saint George. The English are more English this day than you can imagine. Everywhere the English flag with the St George’s Cross can be [...]