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Bird Festival

Spring Equinox - Ostara - Alban Eiler
 
March 21
 
Alban Eiler is a time when the length of night and the length of day are the same.  Spring officially begins on this day.  Birds nest and lay their eggs and symbolize for us the egg which has been within the goddess growing since Midwinter.  The eggs of birds are colored and eaten in celebration of the emergence of the Son from the womb of the goddess on this day.  With the birth of the Son, our mother goddess is transformed back into the virgin goddess Boand or Sophia.  She celebrates the birth of the Son with the father god, the Dagda or The All That Is.  The fairies and Nature Spirits join in the celebration so food and milk offerings are left outside for them.  This is a time of Balance, Sexual Awakening and Fertility -- the planting of Spring flowers is an excellent sign of understanding. 

Deities: Boand - the Dagda - Lugh
 
Colors:  All Pastels 

Customs: Painting/Collecting Birds Eggs, Bird Watching, Egg Hunts

Symbols: Rabbit/Easter Bunny, Chicks, Swallows, Colored Eggs

Sacred Foods: Light Foods, Fish, Maple Sugar Candies, Eggs, Sweet Cakes and Breads
 
Herbs:  Acorn, Cinquefoil, Dandelion, Dogwood, Lavender, Broom, Honeysuckle, Iris, Jasmine, Rose, Tansy