THE HOLIDAYS OF THE SATANIC TEMPLE

Our holidays have been observed and celebrated by many members prior to their official recognition, and are steeped in long traditions that predate TST.

LUPERCALIA – FEBRUARY 15

Based on the Roman festival of the same name, Lupercalia falls on February 15. In keeping with the ancient tradition, February 13th and 14th are observed as feast days leading up to the actual holiday. What we are translating this to in TST is a "hail yourself" day. This idea offers a parallel to the "others-centered" traditions of Sol Invictus.

Representation:

Celebration of bodily autonomy, sexual liberation, and reproduction

Historical Context:

A pre-Roman annual pastoral festival that derives its name from the Roman Lycaean Pan (not to be confused with the Greek fawn-esque Pan, this one has wolf-like traits).

Traditionally, the celebration would occur in the Lupercal cave, near the sanctuary to Rumina, the goddess of breastfeeding, and the wild fig tree. The celebration often started with whipping other individuals with strips of sacrificial goat or dog skin. Being whipped was seen as an honor and would "promote" healthy deliveries or help the barren become pregnant.

HEXENNACHT – APRIL 30

In Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust: a Tragedy (1808), Mephisto and Faust attend the Walpurgisnacht revelry atop Mount Brocken. TST's Hexenacht is a solemn holiday to honor those who were victimized by superstition.

Representation:

Occasion honoring those who fell victim to superstition and pseudoscience, whether by witch hunt, Satanic panic, or other injustices.

Historical Context:

St. Walpurga established a monastery in Germany. The townspeople would pray to her to ward off illnesses, such as whooping cough and rabies, as well as warding off witchcraft. Traditionally, it was believed that during Walpurgisnacht, witches would commune with the devil, and their evil powers were the strongest. To ward off evil and protect themselves and their livestock, people would traditionally light fires on the hillsides.

UNVEILING DAY – JULY 25

A centerpiece of our religious movement and icon of modern Satanism, the Baphomet with Children statue was commissioned by The Satanic Temple in 2014 and created by Mark Porter with "respect for diversity and religious minorities" in mind. We observe this milestone in Satanic history by celebrating Unveiling Day.

Representation:

Celebration of religious plurality and shedding archaic superstition.

Historical Context:

On July 25, 2015, The Satanic Temple unveiled Baphomet to a large crowd of devotees in Detroit, signaling the beginning of the new Satanic era.

HALLOWEEN – OCTOBER 31

Halloween is consistently described as evil, demonic, and satanic by those steeped in religious dogma. Costumes, candy, and facing fears are to be embraced.

Representation:

A holiday to celebrate indulgence and embracing the darkness and its aesthetic.

Historical Context:

A festival marking the beginning of winter in Gaelic Ireland. In Irish mythos, Samhain was the time in which the doors to the other side would be open, and demons, spirits of the dead, etc. could come back to our world and stir-up chaos.

SOL INVICTUS – DECEMBER 25

Translated, Sol Invictus means unconquered sun. While this holiday actually takes place on December 25, December 23rd and 24th are observed as feast days.

Representation:

A celebration of being unconquered by superstition and consistent in the pursuit and sharing of knowledge.

Historical Context:

The cult of Sol existed within Rome since its early days as a republic, and Invictus was an epithet used for Jupiter, Mars, and Apollo (among others). The festival celebrated these gods and may have also been used to celebrate the winter solstice, though this is debatable.

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