SEVEN TRADITIONAL CHEROKEE FESTIVALS OF THE NEW MOONS
These celebrations are held at or around the time of the new moon.
1. Unega (NEW YEAR) January
Honor the ancestors, fasting, cleansing.
2. First Spring New Moon - Kawoni (Flower Moon) April 12, 2002
First new moon of Spring - New Fire feast, extinguish old fires, kindle new fire from the Sacred Fire. Starts the coming season of celebrations.
(Our tradition... The keeper of the Sacred Fire honors the Sacred 7 [4 directions, and Grandfather Sun, Mother Earth, and The Great Spirit] with an offering and ritual of Sage, Water, A Feather and Char from last years fire. He then rekindles our Spirit Fire and we celebrate the coming of the New Season and harvests.)
3. New Green Corn Feast - May or JUNE.
New Green Corn Feast - Offer meat and corn to the fire... ask for good crops for the People, that is nourishment from meat and corn.
4. Ripe Corn Feast - August
Late August celebrate the coming Harvest.
5. First Fall New Moon - The first New Moon after the Equinox.
Feast and give thanks for summer's blessings. Combine with the Hunter's Feast. Pray for animal kills for the winter's meats. Say prayers for winter's survival.
6. Cementation Festival and New Fire Feast - October
Cementation Festival and New Fire Feast. Cements relations, purify, heal friendships, renewal of the People. Renew the Spirit Fire for the winter as in the Spring. Remember ancestors and those who have crossed over. Honor the Elders.
7. Exalting Feast - November
Feast of Thanksgiving to the Creator.
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