A new festival impulse

March 19, 2013

As Easter approaches, many of my southern hemisphere friends have been discussing how many of the Northern Hemisphere festivals sit or don’t sit well in our “reverse” seasons. For me, Easter and Christmas are so globally (and often commercially) celebrated I feel we cannot change their timing to suit our seasons, but instead need to look at the impulses and meanings of the celebrations from our new seasonal perspective. I have written about some of our festivals such as southern Autumnal EasterWhitsun, Martinmas, and other festivals
Other less well observed festivals such as Michaelmas and May day celebrations however could be moved to retain their essential seasonal impulses. Michaelmas could be well observed at or around St Georges day in Autumn, as there is much overlap in the stories, or ideas and themes behind them. St George musings here.

Needle felted St Francis

I wonder if conversely instead of May day we could instead incorporate the ideas of new beginnings and new growth and new life in the celebration of St Francis’s feast day at the beginning of October. It seems fitting in light of the newly elected pope (I am not a Catholic, but he does seem to hold the promise of fresh beginnings and the joy of life and love in the choice of his Namesake 🙂
To me St Francis was born again in his faith, and started his life again afresh. He of course is also recognised as having an affinity to the natural world, which too fits so well with all the new life and creatures born in the spring. I’d love to hear what you think about the rhythm and observance of festivals “down under”.


Good Friday Eggs

April 10, 2009

Today marked the start of the Easter long weekend, and with that we embarked on our hard boiled eggs.  We started with three food dye baths (1 teaspoon colouring; red, blue or yellow, one teaspoon vinegar, 1/2 cup of water and a wax candle was used for a few drawn designs before dying) and after a few casualties ( three egg omlette now planned for dinner, one hard boiled egg eaten for lunch)  and a little mixing from the eldest,  voila, a rainbow of eggs ! 


Palm Sunday Painting

April 7, 2009


Autumnal Easter

March 29, 2008

In the southern autumnal Easter we see the beginning of the easter story, in tune with the Autumn of Jesus’ life, we see the fruits of his life’s work being harvested and then the slow “death dying and sleep of natures Autumn” and hold in our hearts that it will come back and spring in our hearts once more. As Jesus conquers death and rises again. It heightens our awareness of the winter coming and and kindles great hope and looking forward to the spring rebirth on the other side of the coming darkness.  

Many of the spring symbols used in the Northern hemisphere seem strange and out of place, but some still resonate strongly. 

We regard our autumn easter eggs as a symbol of hope that after the winter and the coming darkness new life will come again. (also the sun/yolk is hidden/hiding in the darkness of the shell but will be released to shine again.)

I guess in a nutshell I feel the themes of death keenly in our Autumn season, and joy in rebirth is strongly tied to hope for the future. 

catch up

March 29, 2008




I thought I might share some of our Easter, tracking back to Palm Sunday with knitted donkeys, palm crosses, and of course pin the tail on the donkey. 

For Easter we had lots of fun making little nests from raffia and found twigs and feathers, dyeing eggs, making felted eggs, having egg and spoon obstacle courses.  Next year we might try some tissue paper and cellophane stained glass windows, but Easter came too early and I was rather unprepared.