Friday, March 23, 2012

Cherokee Springtime and Planting Observances

In the old days, there were two New Year celebration, since summer and winter were seen as separate years.  The spring new year was known as Green Grass, because it was seen to be the first New Moon after the first Green Grass. For that reason, it is sometimes called First New Moon. The new moon begins the Cherokee month, and Thursday began the lunar month of Atsilvsgi, 'Flowering'. Over the next two weeks, different Cherokee communities will celebrate the return of spring and summer with seed blessings and planting ceremonies. 

The new moon that begins the autumn-winter season is simply called Nvdadequa, 'Great New Moon.'

Although holidays were usually keyed to new moons, they were usually not celebrated until the following full moon (kalinvda). In this case, April 5-6 would be an appropriate observance date, since April 5 is a Critical Day as well as  Flower Day, and April 6 is the full moon and a Turtle Day, the start of a new cycle. All this to say that planting is part of the Cherokee identity - this year, plant something, even a Chia Pet!

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