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Religious/Social Holidays and Symbols

My heart-felt thanks to those who contributed but needed to remain anonymous.

This page lists religious and social holidays throughout the world. Many of these holidays are also celebrated - and perverted - by cults.

Each group is different and may celebrate different sets of holidays, placing emphasis on different days.  For most survivors, the worst days are the holidays listed below, as well as their own birthday. Full and new moons are also significant, particularly so if they fall on any of the main holidays or the survivor's birthday.

Some groups also celebrate (or pervert for the members' "benefit") Thanksgiving, Mother's and Father's day, the 4th of July (in U.S.), Valentine's Day, and other secular and regional holidays.  Often, just having a day off is an excuse to do a ritual.

Satanic groups have their own holidays (western versions are below) and they usually also use the holidays of the religions they are countering and perverting.

The most popular (for U.S. and Western Europe) are Pagan (Western European) and Catholic/Christian.

Table of Contents

Traditional Holidays
Pagan Holidays: Seasonal
Pagan Holidays: Sabbats
Catholic (Christian) Holidays
Satanic-only Holidays
Holidays by Month
January February March April
May June July August
September October November December
Birthdays - and Symbols

Pagan Holidays


March 21 - Spring equinox (Eostar)
June 21 - Summer solstice (Midsummer)
September 21 - Fall equinox (Harvest, Mabon)
December 21 - Winter solstice (Yule)

Note that while the 21st is the most common day, these holidays can fall anywhere from the 20th to the 23rd, depending on the year.


These are the 8 main holidays of the year, including the equinoxes, solstices, and the following:

February 2 - Imbolc, also known as Candlemas
May 1 - Beltane
August 2 - Lammas, also known as Lughnasad
October 31 - Halloween/Samhain

Samhain is the beginning of the Pagan (and Satanic) year.  Some of these dates may vary by a day or two.

Catholic (Christian) Holidays

January 6 - Epiphany
February 2 - Candlemas
March/April - Easter and related days
June 6 - Pentecost
November 1 - All Saints Day
November 2 - All Souls Day
December 24, 25 - Christmas Eve and Christmas

Satanic-only Holidays

December 24
January 17
July 1
August 3
- Satanic & Demon Revels
August 24 - Fundus Mundi
August 8 - The Feast of Nepthys
September 7 - Marriage to the Beast

Holidays by Month


January 1 - New Year's day (and eve)
January 5 - Feast of Fools/Shivaratri (night of Shiva creator/destroyer)
January 6 - Epiphany/Twelfth Night (Kore gives birth/manifestation of divin)
January 17 - Satanic & Demon Revels
January 17 - Feast of Fools (Old Twelfth Night)
January 18-20 - Old Epiphany/Dream Festival (Pleiades) 3 days


February 2 - Candlemas/Imbolc (secular holiday is Groundhog Day)
February 1-3 - Mysteries of Persephone/Imbolc (Druid Earth Mother)
February 15 - Lupercalia (she-wolf mother of Romulus & Remus ..honoring of Pa)
February 21-22 - Feralia/Terminalia (Roman All Souls/boundary day)


(see April) - Preparations for Easter
March 9 - Festival of Ishtar (Astarte, Aphrodite, Venus) love, fertility
March 15 Ides of March/Rites of Cybele & Attis (begins 12-day-long death & resurrection ritual)
March 18 - Sheila-na-gig (Sheelahis Day Creatress), Jacques De Molay Day (Knights Templar)
March 20-22 - Spring Equinox/Pelusia, Invocation of Isis (Hindi Holi/Tubulustrum Roman purification/Shab-i-barat Night of Forgivs Islam)
March 21 - Spring (Vernal) Equinox


April 1 - All Fools Day
Easter Easter and all holidays leading up to it (note that many of these days are in March)
- Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras (the day before Ash Wednesday)
- Ash Wednesday (first day of Lent, 40 days before Palm Sunday, which marks the end of Lent)
- Palm Sunday (one week before Easter)
- Good Friday (2 days before Easter)
- Easter (Sunday in late March (rarely) or April)
- Easter/Feast of Priapus/Festival of Isis
- Preparation for Sacrifice 3rd week of April
April 30 -Walpurgis Nacht/May Eve


April 30 - May 5 - Walpurgisnacht/Beltane (April 30 to March 5, 8 days) which later became known as May Day - ritual celebration which involves the earth or Gaia.  It is a fertility celebration with people circling 3 times clockwise around a fire in a field, use of earth and etc.
May 9, 11, 13 - Lumeria (3 separate days, Roman All Souls)


June 6 - Pentecost
June 21 - Summer Solstice


July 1 - Satanic & Demon Revels


Lunasa - 1st full moon in August
August 2 - Lammas
August 3 - Satanic & Demon Revels
August 24-27 - Fundus Mundi, a 3 day late-harvest festival; Mania, the opening of the Nether World Gate
August 28 - The Feast of Nepthys (wife of Set, Goddess of Death) marks the end of Fundus Mundi


September 7 - Marriage to the Beast/Satan
September 21 - Fall Equinox
September 28 - Entering the Gate of Mysteries (Eleusis)
September 23
October 2
- Mysteries of Eleusis


October 2 - Last day of Mysteries of Eleusis
October 2 - Durga Puja (Kali)
October 29 - Opening of Mundus Cereri, All Hallows Eve
October 31 - Halloween/Samhain
October 31 - All Hallows Eve/Preparation for The Isia (ring of 6, resurrectin of Osiris .. Isis, Hathor, Nepthys, Horus, Thoth, Anubis)


November 1-6 - All Souls Day/The Isia: Samhain/Hallowmas/Isia, 6 days ritual drama search for pieces of Osiris/feast of the nether world, parting of the astral veil/ resurrection of Osiris
November 17 - Hilaria/Mania (Opening of Mundus Cereris), rebirth of Osiris
Thanksgiving - (USA) 4th Thursday of November


December 21 - Winter Solstice (Yule)
December 24 - Satanic & Demon Revels
December 24 - Christmas Eve
December 25 - Christmas
December 31 -New Year's Eve


The survivor's birthday is often the very worst day of the year, especially at ages that are multiples of 3 or 7.  Ages 24, 33, and 49 are also bad, with 33 often the worst.

The birthday of the survivor's mother and father, or of important people in the cult are also significant, as are death anniversaries, wedding anniversaries (of parents or ones own), and baptism (established religion and cult.)


Triggering items and symbols vary a lot; what is an everyday or harmless object for one survivor can send another into a panic. What follows is a representative list; the items and symbols used by cults to condition their victims is endless.

Evil eye, horned/hooded man, pentacle (particularly significant), pentagram, inverted cross, swastika, moon, pitchfork, ax inverted, cloven hoof, goat's head.  The number 666 (or 66).  Numbers in multiples of 3, especially 6.  Numbers with a lot of 6's or 7's in them (or 3's or 9's, sometimes 5's).  Numbers that add up to (via numerology) 3, 6, 7, 9.

The Pyramid with eye in it (like on dollar bill).  Crucifix, cross, the Pope.  Corn dolls.  Robes (especially black ones).  Tulips.  6-pointed star (star of David).  Reciting and/or reading numbers, letters, or words backwards. Tree of Life (from Kabala). Knives, guns, needles, bon fires, S&M paraphernalia.

Anything from Christianity.  Anything from Freemasonry and the Illuminati.  Anything from Paganism.  Popular culture representations of witches, ghosts, goblins, Halloween characters/decorations, Satan, etc. Anything from the occult (tarot cards, numerology, etc) or the supernatural (vampires, werewolves, etc).  Cemeteries, funerals, dead bodies, coffins (or any suggestion of sexual activity with or around the above).  Nazi symbols.

For some survivors, their abusers used or dressed like children's characters such as Mickey Mouse, Santa Claus, clowns, TV or cartoon characters, etc. (generally using the ones popular when the survivor was a child).

Books: Any on Witchcraft, Majick, Middle Ages & Paganism (this is when Satanism broke off from Paganism and Christianity), Kabala, Book of the Dead.

Note to readers: If you know of any holidays I have missed, or would like to suggest an addition to this page, please email me.

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