* 4/21 to 5/2: Ridvan.
* 4/26 to 5/3: Mayan Rain Festival.
* 4/30 eve to 5/2 eve: Beltaine.
* 4/30 eve to 5/5 eve: Mid-Spring/May Day/Walpurgis–Celebrates sacred love and the flowering vegetation by gathering flowers and dancing around a Maypole.
* 5/1: Birthday of Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881), Catholic mystic and evolutionary who experienced the union of consciousness with all Nature.
* 5/1 to 5/4: Zuni Green Corn Dance–welcoming back the Corn Maidens, who flee the land during the Winter.
* 5/1 to 5/31: May originally dedicated to Old Roman Goddess Maia; later dedicated to Christian Lady Mary – Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate.
* 5/2 eve to 5/6 eve (5/4 peak): Eta Aquarid Meteor Showers.
* 5/3: Taue Matsuri–Shinto rice-planting festival.
* 5/4: Dakinis’ Day–Day Tantric Buddhists make offerings to the Dakinis and Mother Tantra; day to unite will and power to manifest positive social change and environmental healing.
* 5/4: Mindfulness Day–Zen Buddhist day for being mindful that everything you do, or fail to do, affects all sentient beings.
* 5/8: Christian feast of St. Julian of Norwich (d. 1419) – mystic who believed Deity to be Father and Mother, everywhere in everything.
* 5/9 (8:29 p.m. EDT): New Moon.
* 5/9 to 5/12: Iroquois Corn-Planting Ceremony–in thanksgiving for the corn seed. Iroquois believe Awenhai/Sky Woman descended from the Sky and created Earth.
* 5/10 eve to 5/11 eve: Remembrance day for Sufi saint Haji Bektash (d. 1337). He initiated women into his order equally with men and advocated gender equality in Islamic society.
* 5/11: Spring Migratory Bird Day.
* 5/11 eve: Vigil for lost mothers; night of mourning and healing.
* 5/12: Mothers’ Day–Day to give love and thanks to all mothers; day for all mothers to celebrate motherhood and contemplate their sacred duty to provide for the physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual needs of their children.
* 5/13: Day the Humanist Manifesto was published (1933). It exhorts people to affirm life, not deny it; engage life, not flee from it; and work towards the happiness of self and all.
* 5/13 eve to 5/14 eve: Feast of Old Greek Deities Aphrodite and Eros–Day to honor love and passion.
* 5/14 eve to 5/16 eve: Shavuot/Feast of First Fruits–Jewish festival of thanksgiving for the first fruits of the grain harvest. Originally, loaves of bread were offered to Elohim.
* 5/17: Endangered Species Day–Day to advocate for preservation of endangered species and their habitats.
* 5/18: Feast of Old Greek God Pan, who represents the masculine in Nature and protects men throughout their lives.
* 5/19: Old Celtic/Irish feast in which sacred healing wells and springs were adorned with flowers in honor of Goddess Brigid, daughter of Mother Goddess Danu and Father God Dagda.
* 5/21: Beginning of Gemini (the Twins/Lovers/Partners).
* 5/23: Birthday of Margaret Fuller (1810), Transcendentalist and feminist who argued that women, as well as men, have immortal souls.
* 5/25 (12:25 a.m. EDT): Full Moon (Rose/Berry Moon).
* 5/25: Saga Dawa Duchen–Tibetan Buddhist festival celebrating the birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana of Buddha Siddhartha Gautama (563-483 BCE).
* 5/27: Memorial Day–Day to honor all soldiers who fought honorably and died in war, to mourn all of war’s victims, and to contemplate all the horrors of war.
* 5/27: Birthday of Rachel Carson (1907), biologist who began the environmental movement.
* 5/31: Christian feast of Our Lady, Queen of Heaven.
THE MYSTIC’S WHEEL OF THE YEAR 2013
A Multifaith Calendar Reflecting Eco-Egalitarian Spirituality
© 2012 Marija Miovski