[Wednesday] April Holy Days

Happy April! We’re into the fourth month of the year, which has seemed to fly by lately.

April 1st starts of with April Fool’s Day, a day full of enjoyable and obnoxious pranks, as well as a deal of hoaxes. The Otherfaith spirits the Flower Maidens are tied to this time, becoming especially active. The Flower Maidens are largely tied to bloodshed and violence, ripping their victims apart and initiating new members into their ranks by tearing out organs and replacing them with flowers.

Just before April, on March 31, we had the International Transgender Day of Visibility. Both this and the Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20 were suggested as additions to our calendar by Sage. I welcome other people’s thoughts on the matter.

For every month, I’m considering adding the 15th as a celebration for mid-month. I think this would be helpful for consistency and in keeping the flow of the year. Each mid-month celebration would have to incorporate some aspect or theme of the month to truly keep a flow.

As April ends we’ll be getting into summer, though depending on where you live you may already be there. Summer won’t truly start for some people until school lets out. For those in school, April-May can be a difficult time, finishing up schoolwork and taking finals. In all honesty, I’m not sure how this would be acknowledged religiously. Life may also be tough for other reasons – tax season, working and figuring out vacation, planning for summer, all that sort of stuff. (Personally, I’ve gotten yelled at by enough strangers at work to know this time of year is rough!)

April 8th is associated with the birth of Althea Altair and Lilibell. Both Althea and Lilibell are flower spirits, on top of their other associations, and so them being tied to what is typically seen as springtime is fitting.

I’ve decided not to do the random date generator that I did the past few months. Partially because I don’t have as much time as I did before, and partially because I’m letting the dates and ideas flow more smoothly at the moment.

Another addition is going to be Friday the 13, which has been a holiday in the making. Like mid-month, every Friday the 13 would have different associations and stories tied to it based on the month it falls in. We have three Friday the 13’s in 2015, the next one being in November. Hopefully we can think of some cool ideas by then!

Every Saturday we’re doing hangouts on our Google+ group as well – check them out.

Happy Camp National Novel Writing Month to those who are participating! I am, though we’ll see how long I last. Good luck to those taking the challenge. Remember, there are two camps a year along with National Novel Writing Month itself.

Do you have a free minute? Then listen to ‘Stronger than You’ from Steven Universe. Steven Universe itself is pretty amazing, so if you love cartoons and love magical warrior types, I highly recommend it.

Thank you for reading. ‘of the Other People’ is a site dedicated to the Otherfaith, a modern polytheist religion. You can find more about us here and here. You can contact us here if you have any questions or would like to get involved.

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