While the news is full of the antics of the presidential candidates, the U.K referendum on whether to leave the European Union, and one mass shooting after another, we at SCIFI.radio decided to take a stand — a stand for goodness, sweetness and light.
Today is International Fairy Day.
Today is a day for fairy believers young and old to celebrate the stories, magic, and history of the Fair Folk. For centuries, fairies have been an important part of Celtic culture. In all of the ancient legends, these mythological creatures are described as intelligent, mischievous, and magical. They have the ability to fly and cast spells, and they live in “Tír na nóg,” the land of eternal youth. Some say that humans don’t often see fairies because of the division between the two worlds, but sightings can occur at twilight or during Beltane, Mid-Summer’s Eve, or All Hallow’s Eve.
Fairies have captivated the imagination of the world for hundreds of years. Whether helpful delicately winged tenders of the deep natural places of the Earth, or malevolent forces of nature with little concern for the anguish of mankind, fairies have played roles in everything from children’s stories to supernatural romances. International Fairy Day celebrates the Fae in all their forms, both beautiful and terrible.
History of International Fairy Day
Fairie folk, or the Fae, are known by nearly every culture in the world. While they live in the same world we do, they often operate by rules and laws that have no bearing on humans, and often are unbound by the laws of ordinary folk. The Fae include not only fairies, but pixies, gnomes, elves, dwarves (midgets and dwarfs were often considered to be fae and given special attribution or dispensation).
Fairies are an important part of our mythologies, both ancient and modern. William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is set on June 24.
How to Celebrate Fairy Day
Celebrate Fairy Day by participating in one of the many festivals and celebrations that have formed around the world to honor these mythical creatures. Or you can have a little festival at home by having a fairy themed party with your friends and family! Whatever you do, don’t forget to honor the fae in your own home by leaving out a plate with cookies and a small portion of milk.
In his 1904 play Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie wrote that when the first baby laughed, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and that this was the beginning of fairies. International Fairy Day is the perfect opportunity to relive your childhood fantasies and celebrate the joy and magic of the fairy world. Read a classic fairy tale, build a fairy house, or take a stroll through the woods. You never know when you might stumble across something magical!
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