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The eight solar holidays known as the eight Sabbats are the eight days of the year that are defined by the sun's travel. They are the four days defined by the two equinoxes an two solstices as well as the four days that fall between those events. Although calling these Sabbats is most common within the Wiccan community the word that would better express these to the non-Wiccan is holidays.

 

Quarter Days:

Winter Solstice: the shortest day of the day. The Sun is Dark/New.

Spring Equinox: the day & night are equal in length. The Sun is waxing.

Summer Solstice: the longest day of the year. The sun is full.

Fall Equinox: the day & night are equal in length. The Sun is waning.

Cross Quarter Days:

Imbolg: the day that falls between Winter Solstice & Spring Equinox.

Bealtaine: the day that falls between Spring Equinox & Summer Solstice.

Lughnasadh: the day that falls between Summer Solstice & Fall Equinox.

Samhain: the day that falls between Fall Equinox & Winter Solstice.

 

It is important to note that the dates given here are generally accepted dates the actual dates will change with each year. your best source for specific dates marked by the sun would be your local newspaper. For Cross Quarter days just do the math.

                   Northern Hemisphere

 Winter Solstice Solar Quarter  December 21 or 22
 Imbolg  Solar Cross Quarter  February 2
 Spring Equinox  Solar Quarter  March 21 or 22
 Bealtaine  Solar Cross Quarter  April 30 or May 1st
 Summer Solstice  Solar Quarter  June 21 or 22
 Lughnasadh Solar Cross Quarter   July 31 or August 1 or 2
 Fall Equinox  Solar Quarter  September 21 or 22
 Samhain  Solar Cross Quarter  October 31

              Southern Hemisphere

 Summer Solstice Solar Quarter  December 21 or 22 
Lughnasadh Solar Cross Quarter  February 2
 Fall Equinox  Solar Quarter-  March 21 or 22
 Samhain  Solar Cross Quarter  April 30 or May 1
 Winter Solstice  Solar Quarter  June 21 or 22
 Imbolg Solar Cross Quarter  July 31 or August 1 or 2
 Spring Equinox  Solar Quarter  September 21 or 22
 Bealtaine Soalr Cross Quarter   April 30 or May 1

 

~About the Sabbats

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