QUARTZ HILL – Heathens, Druids, Wiccans and Witches will meet at a local park on Sept. 27 to celebrate Pagan Pride Day and the Fall Equinox.
The Antelope Valley’s Annual Pagan Pride Day Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27, at George Lane Park, located at 5520 West Avenue L-8 in Quartz Hill.
People of all ages and spiritual backgrounds are welcome. A non-perishable food item will be accepted as admission and donated to local charities.
The event will include information booths, vendors and other activities celebrating the Autumn Equinox, a time of thanksgiving in many Pagan traditions. The goal is to provide literature and background for the various pagan, heathen and other earth centered religions that are available.
The International Pagan Pride Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of prejudice and religious discrimination through education, activism, charity and community. Pagan Pride celebrations are held annually around the world within two weeks of the Autumn Equinox. More than 50 cities have participated since 1999; and this year there are more than 100 events across the United States and internationally.
The food drive gives participants a way to share with those who are less fortunate while making a positive statement about Paganism, according to organizers.
For decades Pagans have been wrongly accused of practicing devil-worship and performing “black magic,” organizers say, when in reality most Pagans enjoy a religion emphasizing respect for nature, humanity, and oneself.
Modern Paganism, or Neo-Paganism, is a growing religious movement based on combinations of ancient polytheism, modern eco-spirituality, and reverence for the Divine as both masculine and feminine.
Pagan Pride Day 2014 is sponsored by First Pantheistic Center of the Antelope Valley, local vendors and pagan groups.
For more information about the event or about Pagan religions, call Wayne Luke at 661-350-4189 or email email@example.com. Additional information regarding Pagan Pride Day is located at http://www.fpcav.org/pagan-pride-day/.