Modern Anglo-Saxon Heathens observe a variety of different celebrations based on Bede’s calendar. The following is a list of holy tides that are typically observed by the Larhus Fyrnsida in one form or another.
Mōdraniht (Mothers Night)– An event which was held on the eve of the Winter Solstice/ Gēola and was possibly connected to the worship of ancestral mothers.
Gēol (Yule)– A tide of particular importance in all forms of Germanic Heathenry. It is at this time when the days are shortest and the nights coldest- a time of revelry in the face of that adversity, when supernatural activity increased. As such, Gēol presents a natural contrast to Midsumor, which takes place during a more prosperous time of year. Much of the sacrificing done at this time may have made to Wōden and/or the dead.
Ēaster– Heathen festival corresponding with modern Easter and the Spring Equinox. During this period offering may have been made to Ēastre, goddess of dawn and renewal.
Blōstmfrēols– A contemporary floral festival inspired by Floralia, ending the “Ēastre Season”. More information about Blōstmfrēols is found here.
Midsumor (Midsummer)– Celebration of the Summer Solstice. Midsumor is historically a time dedicated to revelling in the even-tempered and more relaxed atmosphere that Summer brings. Bonfires are typically associated with both ancient and modern Midsumor celebrations.
Hærfest– Observance held at the beginning of August celebrating a bountiful harvest season. Traditionally bread was baked during this period and presented as gifts or used as offerings.
Winterfylleð (Winter Full Moon) – Celebration of the Autumn Equinox and the beginning of Winter. This observance typically fell on the first full moon in what we now call October.