Welcome to Earth Day!
The Green Religion “knock off” of a pagan earth and life celebration “holiday”.
Given as the original Pagan rites were more appropriate to an actual appreciation of life and the earth that nurtures it, I would suggest a celebration more along those lines.
Activities such as:
A long “drive in the country” to appreciate the beauty and wealth of nature.
A barbecue or similar fire based feasting. Preferably involving grilled meat and good grog. (Hey, it’s the Pagan thing to do! Pig ribs and other ‘game’ bones found in abundance, often charred, at Pagan ritual sites… “ritual” also know as “Party at The Chief’s Place!! BYOB – Bring Your Own Boar…”
Since bonfires to light up the night are now likely to get you arrested in most urban or suburban areas (unless, of course, you are having a nice riot at Berkeley to protest folks who think) it is preferred now to run your home lighting and exterior lighting “full on” to drive away the dismal darkness… and the dismal dark souls…
That’s the short list, I’m sure folks can think of more ways to celebrate this Earth!
Had I time and ambition enough, and more friends to help, I’d have put a pig in the ground at Midnight for a slow roast Hawaiian Luau Pig… But as the spouse and I can barely get through one ham in a month or two, that’s a bit much. I suspect either a 1/2 ham, or maybe some lamb chops. I still have a bit of manzanita wood ( h/t P.G.) to use in the BBQ!
So enjoy this real pagan traditional approach to Earth Day. Celebrate the unending bounty of resources it supplies with a good old hoe down / bbq / party on / what floats your boat!