Celtic Holidays

This year’s holidays are provided below for your convenience.  For more information about each holiday, visit our Celtic Holiday Traditions page.


  • Dec 21 – Yule . . Winter Solstice . . Alban Arthuan (“Light of Arthur”) . . Christmas


  • Feb 2 – Imbolc . . Brighid’s Day . . Brigantia
  • March 19 – Ostara . .  Spring Equinox . . Vernal Equinox . . Alban Eiler (“Light of the Earth”) . . Easter
  • May 1 – Beltane . . May Day
  • June 20 – Litha . . Summer Solstice . . Midsummer . . Alban Heruin (“Light of the Shore”)
  • Aug 1 – Lughnasadh . .  Lammas
  • Sept 22 – Mabon . . Autumn Equinox . . Autumnal Equinox . .  Alban Elued (“Light of the Water”)
  • Oct 31 – Samhain . . All Hallows Eve . . Halloween . . All Saints’ Day . . All Souls’ Day . . Day of the Dead . . Celtic New Year
  • Dec 21 – Yule . . Winter Solstice . . Alban Arthuan (“Light of Arthur”) . . Christmas

Avalon Grove Church – Past History

Avalon Grove was an unconventional, progressive Celtic Christian house church located in Weaverville in the mountains of North Carolina, just a fifteen minute drive from downtown Asheville.  We met eight times a year to honor the ancient Celtic holidays, outdoors when weather permitted or indoors when it was cold or rainy. We regret that we no longer host Celtic holiday services due to ongoing health issues. 

We see God as our loving Mother and Father, and we follow Christ as our savior. We believe God’s love holds the key to living a happier life. We also love and honor Mother Earth for the gift of life she gives to us all, and we honor and respect her beloved children in all their infinite varieties.

We have had ongoing contact with Faeries since 1997, and our experiences have significantly influenced our religious beliefs.  As a result, worship services at Avalon Grove were less formal than those you might find at more traditional Celtic Christian churches.

Our goal was to offer an inclusive, open-minded, non-judgmental church, where visitors of all faiths, races, and nationalities were welcome. We hope those who joined us for holiday services over the years discovered new ways to integrate Celtic spirituality into their daily lives. If you’d like to honor the Celtic holidays on your own, you might visit the Celtic Holiday Traditions page for suggestions for each holiday.