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Pagan festival coming to Duncan

Entertainment, vendors and more in Charles Hoey Park
Vancouver Island Pagan Pride will be hosting its annual festival in Duncan on Aug. 13, 2022. (William Jorgensen photo/courtesy of Pagan Pride)

Vancouver Island Pagan Pride day is headed to Duncan in 2022.

The group has chosen to host its 16th annual festival in the city on Saturday, Aug. 13.

Pagans all over the Island will gather to celebrate and share the harvest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Charles Hoey Park.

The day will feature an entertainment lineup of local musicians and performers, interspersed with rituals that the public are encouraged to participate in, says a press release for the event. There will be workshops and information tables from Pagan groups, with members ready to answer questions. There will also be a wide range of vendors with unique clothing, jewelry, artwork, pottery, organic soaps and skin care products, along with almost every Pagan item and supply that you can think of!

Astrologers, psychic, tarot and oracle card readers will be at the museum; along with reiki practitioners, crystal therapists and spiritual healers.

“Paganism is an umbrella term for a lot of different religions and spiritual practices, including Wicca, Druidry, Heathenism, ancient reconstructionism, and many more,” said Mary Malinski, archpriestess of the Aquarian Tabernacle Church of Canada. “While there is a wide variety of practices, most of them are based on honouring the earth and all the people, plants, and animals that live here. Most Pagans believe in the power of diversity, and that respect and kindness are part of how we honour each other, and the Divine Spirit, by whatever name you call it.”

Everyone attending the Pagan Pride festival is encouraged to actively demonstrate their reverence for Mother Earth by using public transit, cycling or walking to the festival.

Pagan Pride Day is a part of the global Pagan Pride Project.

“Our mission is to foster pride in Pagan identity through education, activism, charity and community; these four inspirations align to the four elements of Air, Fire, Water and Earth,” says a press release. “We embrace charity by collecting cash and non-perishable food donations for our Share the Harvest Cauldron, our way of giving back to our local communities. This year’s recipients of donations collected through Share the Harvest are the Goldstream Food Bank and Life Cycles Community Projects.

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