3238 BC – Noah’s Winter Solstice Festival
1446 BC - The First Tabernacle Dedication in the Wilderness
961 BC - King Solomon’s Dedication of the Temple & Altar
515 BC - Second Temple Built & Dedicated
164 BC - Dedication of the New Altar - Feast of the Dedication or Festival of Lights
2 BC – Jesus Conceived which was the “Manifestation of God”
33 AD - Feast of the Dedication
70 AD – The Second Temple Fell
The Festival of Lights
The Tree of Life
At the summer solstice the " Johannisbaum " (St. John's tree) was decorated, at the May festival the May-tree, and at the winter solstice, the fir-tree.
"The Celtic Tree of Life is a well-known symbol. For the Ancient Celts, the Tree of Life was a symbol of balance and harmony. The Tree of Life was a representation of how the nature’s forces combined to create balance and harmony. The Tree was a central part of early Celtic spirituality and a source of basic sustenance - a bearer of food, a provider of shelter and fuel for cooking and warmth. Without trees, life would have been extraordinarily difficult. Wood from sacred trees had magical properties... a connection to the world of the spirits and the ancestors, living entities, and doorways into other worlds."
Christmas Tree History News Articles
Christmas & Epiphany History
Christmas & Epiphany News Articles
The dates for these feast days are posted here.