Holidays

Modern practice

These holidays are based on the Wiccan wheel of the year so as to ease interaction and participation with the wider pagan community.

Kussim

Name Meaning: Winter (Akkadian)

Festival of Fellowship

Wiccan Equivalent: Yule

Date: Pabilsag 30 (December 21) – Winter Solstice

Presiding Deity: Nergal

A celebration of those that give our life meaning and our connections to them as well as a celebration of the fact that it’s often when things are at their darkest and most intense that the greatest things spring forth

Suggested Methods of Celebration:

  • Have a yuletide celebration and ignite a yule log in the fireplace
  • Gather with friends and family and enjoy each other’s company
  • Perform an Invocation of Nergal
  • Name Meaning: Birth

The Nativity of Inanna

Wiccan Equivalent: None

Date: Suḫurmāshu 12 (January 2)

Presiding Deity: Inanna

A celebration of Inanna’s birthday, goddess of wisdom, passion and liminality, and a celebration of our connections to her.

Suggested Methods of Celebration:

  • Eat good food, have good sex and spend the day with warmth and friendship
  • Perform an Invocation of Inanna

Baraqu

Name Meaning: to lighten, shine (Akkadian)

Festival of Lights

Wiccan Equivalent: Imbolc

Date: Gula 13 (February 2)

Presiding Deity: Dumuzi

A celebration of the dawn of spring and the beginning of Dumuzi’s ascent from the underworld and the returning of warmth into the land.

Suggested Methods of Celebration:

  • Lighting candles and torches to symbolize the returning warmth in the land
  • Perform fertility rituals to welcome the returning of fertility into the soil
  • Perform an Invocation of Dumuzi to welcome him back to his place in Ekur

Inbu

Name Meaning: fruit, flowers, romances of Spring (Akkadian)

Festival of Ninsar

Wiccan Equivalent: Ostara

Date: Agru 1 (March 21) – Spring Equinox

Presiding Deity: Enlil

A celebration of the return of Dumuzi from Irkalla at the dawn of the season of spring, as well as the god Enlil who brings the springtime rains.

Suggested Methods of Celebration:

  • Perform an Invocation of Enlil

Hasadu

Name Meaning: Marriage Festival (Akkadian)

Sacred Marriage Rite

Wiccan Equivalent: Beltane

Date: Gu 9 (May 1)

Presiding Deity: Ki (Ninhursag)

A celebration of flowers and plant life and the fertility of spring and of budding romances and the goddess Ki (Ninhursag).

Suggested Methods of Celebration:

  • Feasts with friends and loved ones
  • Decorate with flowers and greenery
  • Perform an Invocation of Ki (Ninhursag)
  • Perform a dramatized recreation of The Courtship of Inanna and Dumuzi and the Divine Marriage Festival

Ummatim

Name Meaning: The Height of Summer (Akkadian)

Festival of Shamash

Wiccan Equivalent: Midsummer

Date: Alluttu 1 (June 21) – Summer Solstice

Presiding Deity: Utu

A celebration of life-bringing aspects of the sun and of the god Utu.

Suggested Methods of Celebration:

  • Spend the day outdoors enjoying the sunlight
  • Perform an Invocation of Utu
  • Ignite candles, sparklers, fireworks, incense, torches or other symbols of the element of fire and warmth
  • Have a community bonfire cookout in the evening

Harpu

Festival of the start of the harvest

Name meaning: harvest time during summer

Wiccan Equivalent: Lughnasadh

Date: Nēshu 9 (August 1)

Presiding Deity: Ninurta

A celebration of the first harvest, the god Ninurta, the patron of the harvest, and the beginning decline in the heat of summer.

Suggested Methods of Celebration:

  • Have a feast featuring bread as a focal point
  • Perform an Invocation of Ninurta

Eburu

Name Meaning: Harvest-time (Akkadian)

Festival of the end of the harvest

Wiccan Equivalent: Mabon

Date: Sisinnu 30 (September 21) – Autumn Equinox

Presiding Deity: Geshtianna

A celebration of the end of the harvest, the return of Geshtianna from Irkalla at the dawn of the season of winter.

Suggested Methods of Celebration:

  • Decorate with symbols of harvest time and the season of autumn such as acorns, oak sprigs, pine cones, ears of corn, wheat stalks, fruits, and autumn leaves
  • Have an autumn feast with friends, family and loved ones
  • Perform a dramatized recreation of The Dream of Dumuzi
  • Perform an Invocation of Geshtianna

Sipittu

Name Meaning: Mourning Rites (Akkadian)

Festival of Ereshkigal

Wiccan Equivalent: Samhain

Date: Zuqaqīpu 9 (October 31)

Presiding Deity: Ereshkigal

A celebration of our dearly departed and our ancestors as well as the goddess that looks over them, Ereshkigal, queen of Irkalla.

Suggested Methods of Celebration:

  • Perform a dumb supper (silent meal) with an extra place set for the dear departed.
  • Perform an Invocation rite to Ereshkigal
  • Perform a candlelight vigil using black candles in respect of the dead