It’s not uncommon for the religious to gather to celebrate their beliefs, while engaging in conversation and fellowship with one another. But a recent event in Louisville, Kentucky, may raise some curiosities among those who are unfamiliar with more uncommon religious beliefs. Locals came together recently to celebrate “Pagan Pride Day.”
“Pagan” is a term for an individual who embraces polytheism (the belief in multiple gods). But Merriam-Webster also defines the word as follows: “one who has little or no religion and who delights in sensual pleasures and material goods.” It was the individuals who subscribe to the former definition, though, that the gathering sought to celebrate. WDRB.com writes:
Wiccans, Asatru, and Druids are all considered Pagan religions, but anyone was invited to join the fun at Saturday’s event.
Mike Avery, the coordinator of Pagan Pride Day, claims that it’s, “…a celebration of all polytheistic religions.” He continued, saying that the event was intended to spread “information about different spiritual paths.”
The celebration is apparently centered around the fall harvest, a celebration that occurred many centuries ago. Avery says that people observed the harvest by counting their blessings over the abundance of food that came during the season.
The day of pagan pride, which looked somewhat like a typical community gathering or festival, featured jewelry, art and the like. Some participants dressed up — some even sold crafts.
CNN has some additional footage from the event:
According to the group’s Facebook page, entrance to the October 1, 2011 event was free as long as attendees brought canned food with them. The organizers planned to donate to a local food bank.
The Louisville event is apparently one of many pagan celebratory initiatives that take place annually around the globe.