Exploring MidSummer with Marie LaVeau

new orleans Jun 30, 2019
 
Midsummer, celebrated around the time of Summer Solstice in New Orleans is celebrated in a festival also known as St. John’s Eve.
During Midsummer, it is said that the Goddess manifests as Mother Earth and the God as the Sun King. In Celtic lore, it regarded as the best time to see fairies and in pagan times it was the feast of the Goddess Aine. In later days as Christianity took over the holidays from the pagans, they changed the festivals to feasts for Saints.
 
Currently in Catholic celebrations, June 23rd is known as St. John’s Eve, with St. John’s Day celebrated on the 24th, as the day of his birth, though it is not confirmed whether this is the actual day of his birth. It is interesting to note that the pagan story commemorated the balance and changing of rule between the Oak King and the Holly King and then in Christianity, it became representations of the birthday of St. John to represent Summer Solstice and the birthday for Christ...
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The Luck of the Irish in New Orleans

new orleans Jun 30, 2019
‘I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it’. – Thomas Jefferson
 
 
We've all heard about the fascinating history of the Creole and Cajun cultures portrayed in the music and cuisine, the Spanish and French architecture are apparent throughout the city and the soulful influence of the Caribbean and African people provide the pulse and vibe of the crescent city. But what about the other cultures that helped build the city?
 
The most unique combination of ingredients blended together make the best gumbo and the same can be said about creating a city. Each culture who settles in a region, indelibly leaves their mark and impact on the area.
 
In New Orleans history, this includes the migration of the Irish. During the 1840’s, a great famine hit Ireland, referred to as the potato famine. The magnitude of this famine along with the politics of the time with the English, encouraged...
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