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Celebrating Mabon
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does this site celebrate Mabon? if so what do all the members do to celebrate it?
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Re: Celebrating Mabon
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Not everyone here celebrates Mabon here.
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Re: Celebrating Mabon
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Some of us celebrate Mabon. But Mabon is a Pagan holiday so our many non-Pagan members would be unlikely to celebrate it. Certainly we don't celebrate it in terms of some sort of ritual for all the members here.

Mabon is one of the harvest celebrations, sort of a Pagan thanksgiving. So many of us celebrate it with rituals of thanksgiving to our Gods and Goddesses. Such rituals may also celebrate by eating the foods of the season such as apples, nuts, etc.

There's a great article on Mabon at http://www.witchessabbats.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17&Itemid=28 that might give you some ideas on things you can do to celebrate this Sabbat.

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Re: Celebrating Mabon
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
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This thread has been moved to Misc Topics from Comments.
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Re: Celebrating Mabon
By: Moderator / Adept
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Mabon is the old agricultural "rest period" after the harvest had been gathered; mainly the wheat. It is still celebrated as the Christian "Harvest Festival". Originally Pagan, but "stolen" by the early Catholic Church. Just as they "stole" all the other Pagan festivals.
Among the early " land workers" there was much eating and drinking at Mabon. In England there still is!
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Re: Celebrating Mabon
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Further. Mabon is also the "cider time". The refined cider now sold in supermarkets (in England) is made by the large factories in Devon.But the "real cider" is still made by the farmers of Devon, Cornwall and Hampshire by the old method of pressing the apples through hessian "mats". (In old times these mats were woven from reeds).This "homemade" cider is very strong, and is known as "scrumpy". I drank it a lot when I was in the Army stationed in Hampshire. During Mabon, September 20-23, the "first press" cider is consumed by the gallon!
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Re: Celebrating Mabon
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Wish there was a place close. I never had the "real" cider. The stuff at grocery stores is just blah.. :(
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Re: Celebrating Mabon
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Do you have any orchards near you? Many of them sell cider during the apple harvest. Or check out your local natural food store, they often have unpasturized cider in the cold case.

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Re: Celebrating Mabon
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Orchards and those stores are like 80 or more miles away! I will look into farmers markets when I have gas to get there. lol
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Re: Celebrating Mabon
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I don't know the Law, other than in England. Here it is illegal to sell home made cider; though it can be given! During the WW2, many American servicemen would hear about Scrumpy, and try to buy it in Public Houses.They would be served a half pint of sweet cider with half a pint of dry; and told that it was Scrumpy. Even now, I have heard people say that they have drunk Scrumpy in a Bar.They haven't!
Real Scrumpy still has "bits" floating about in it; and it looks rather cloudy.Most farmers in the south of England will make it for drinking during Mabon, or at the ceremony of Wassailing.
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