Last year we, 2 of us attended the local Celtic Fest and this year as well.
Last year it did not seem very Pagan friendly at all and I was somewhat disappointed. In fact, I felt a bit uncomfortable. People were not very friendly. Aside from having dark hair and dark eyes, and being from the north, I was just like everyone else.
Several of us attended this year, 6 to be exact, with our Pentacle jewelry and chatting away about witchy things. I believe we received a few long stares but no one seemed to really care. We enjoyed ourselves and did enjoy each other's company. We did find some items that were purchased.
There was not much there since Jackson is such a small city. Two men were fencing and the Highland Games had started competing, but I doubt if the were 50 vendor tents. A few tents and trailers selling food and beer and not much in the way of crafts or items, however, we were able to find some useful items.
I have been to Pagan events, this is the only Celtic specific Festival I have attended and this is probably the only occasion I felt there wasn't much to offer. Unless you knew people attending. I digress, I guess there were maybe a handful of vendors that offered something. Maybe that was enough.
Well, there was more than last year but it made me wonder if this is what can be expected in our area. In early August I had to go home to PA and there was a huge Celtic festival. I believe I drove at least a mile on the highway before I stopped seeing tents. Due to the circumstances of my visit I really couldn't look up the information. I think it may have been in Bethlehem.
Can you please let me know if I am totally wrong in my expectations?
What have you experienced at Celtic Fests?
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Pentacles are Celtic now? Since when?
We wore them and we actually found some Pentacle jewelry at one of the vendor booths.
Celtic festivals are to celebrate the Celtic culture. It doesn't necessarily mean celebrating Celtic Paganism. We have a sort of "Celtic" festival that takes place here every year. It rarely (if ever) reflects anything Pagan related, so I can understand the odd if not distasteful looks people give when Pagans attend thinking it's about Paganism.
I went to a Japanese festival, I was not trying to practice Shintoism or find it's followers there.
You did not know this?
Perhaps more research on your part would have helped.There is no mention of Paganism nor religion.
Please don't think I'm trying to prove you wrong.Inform and maybe educate but this has nothing to do with right or wrong.
My profile is now open to members.It is scant on info so trying to glean "who" I am isn't possible if you want to know just ask.
Why do you expect 'pagan related' content and what does that mean to you?