YULE: Celebrated at the Hibernal Solstice, on or about 21 December in the Northern hemisphere this Sabbat marks either the birth of the sun god or the beginning of the reign of the holly king, depending on your tradition.
IMBOLC (which means 'in the belly' and refers to the time when it becomes obvious that ewe's are pregnant), OIMELC (which means 'ewes milk' and refers to the time when ewes begin lactating just before they give birth), BRIGID'S DAY (or Brede's, Birgit's or Bridget's depending on your country of origin and preference): Celebrated in early February, or August in the Southern hemisphere, marks the beginning of spring. This is a time to plan your garden and bless your seeds, begin Spring house cleaning and shake off the doldrums of winter.
Candlemas is a short way of referring to either this holiday or the Christian holiday which is referred to in the book of Luke, since both traditions focus on LIGHT.
EASTERFEST (various spellings and pronunciations): Celebrated at the Vernal Equinox, marks the middle of spring and the height of the planting season. The crone of winter has now become the child of spring, let's all get together and ask for healthy crops and healthy cattle.
BELTANE (which means 'bright fire' and refers to the bonfires lit to celebrate this festival): Celebrated in early May, November down under, this is the last of the three spring festivals. All the major crops have been planted, time to take a day or two off and have a little fun before the summers work begins. The child goddess is now a maiden, young, strong and independent.
LITHA or LITHE: Celebrated at the Estival Solstice this Sabbat marks either the marriage of the sun god to the maiden goddess or the beginning of the reign of the oak king. (see YULE)
LAMMAS: Celebrated in early August this is the first of three harvest festivals. Some traditions say that the sun god begins to die when the first ear of grain is harvested others place his death in October. Either way the mother goddess is with child now.
MABON: Celebrated at the Autumnal Equinox this Sabbat marks the middle of autumn. Time to take stock and start deciding which cattle will be culled to insure that the rest of the herd makes it through the winter on whatever fodder is available. A time also to celebrate the abundance with which the year has blessed you.
SAMHAIN (Gealic for Summer's end) or SHADOWFEST: Celebrated in early November this is the final harvest festival, sometimes referred to as the 'meat harvest' because with fruit, vegetable and grain harvests gathered you now have time for the labor intensive business of slaughtering and processing meat, which in colder climates can now be stored in sheds where the meat will freeze. The sun god has died, the mother goddess, great with child, is rapidly becoming the crone of winter again, and the oak king is failing. In six or seven weeks it all starts over again with YULE.