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Wed, 02 Aug

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Ano Ano

First Light Celebration

First Light Celebration
First Light Celebration

Time & Location

02 Aug 2023, 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Ano Ano, Bank Street, Kaitaia 0410, New Zealand

About the event

Seasonal Celebrations are being held at Anō Anō and throughout the community. We will do crafts suited to the season, and invite the sharing of stories about what this time of year means for us in our own lives, in the cultures we have come from, and in the changes we’ve noticed happening in nature.

This is the time of the year when something subtly shifts. It's still winter, but it's a little lighter, there's a gentle new sun here for a tiny bit longer each day, and the plants in the garden are starting to grow a little faster. For the ancient Celtic people, this time was called Imbolc, and was celebrated as a time of the Goddess Brigid of the flame & well. They would light candles, and float little things in the water of streams and rivers that had begun to melt through the snow. In Aotearoa, it's the time when baby whitebait swim upstream from the estuaries, and wild onion flowers are in bloom. First light is a time for waking up from winter, and waking up our imagination. It's the first stage of a new journey. We are beginning to dream about what seeds we might plant - both in the earth, and within our hearts and our own lives.

So, if you’d like to do something special to mark this time, join us! We’ll be making candles and Brigid dolls, creating dream boards for all we hope to grow this year, sharing stories, and finishing up with a shared kai. Bring a plate to share.

Message us if you’d like to come. We run on funding and donations, and koha is appreciated

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