The Student News Site of Appalachian State University

The Appalachian

The Student News Site of Appalachian State University

The Appalachian

The Student News Site of Appalachian State University

The Appalachian

Newsletter Signup

Get our news delivered straight to your inbox every week.

* indicates required

Pagan Student Association holds spring Faerie Festival

The+Appalachian+Online
The Appalachian Online

The Pagan Student Association will hold its fourth annual Faerie Festival on April 16 on Sanford Mall to celebrate Beltane, the Pagan celebration of spring, said junior psychology major and PSA historian Elizabeth Robinson.

The fourth annual event will include field day events, face painting, a craft table, tarot readings, a story tent and a blow-up jousting arena.

“It originally started in conjunction with the old masquerade ball we used to do, but this is a nice way to welcome to spring and have visibility on campus,” Robinson said.

PSA President Michael Barry, a senior sustainable development major, will hold a Pagan ritual demonstration at the event.

“We want to demonstrate who stands where, what kinds of prayers, and what kind of offerings are usually given,” Robinson said.

The event will help students de-stress in the wake of exams, said Shane Donat, junior industrial design major and PSA vice president.

“In the past we did this event directly before exams,” Donat said, “but this gives everyone a chance to breathe and be out in nature. It also brings an understanding that we’re pretty normal people and want to have fun with everyone, and that the Pagan Student Association is an inclusive and safe place.”

The word Pagan is an umbrella term used to describe many different religions, and Robinson said that the club is for everyone.

The club has a wide variety of students, including Hellenistic, Asatru, which is Norse, Kemetic, which is Egyptian and people who generally worship the earth which is more along the lines of the druid.

Erika Branch, a sophomore social work major, is attending the festival specifically for the tarot card reading.

“Many of my friends are Pagan and although I go back and forth in my own practice, this festival is incredibly important,” Branch said. “As far as representation goes on campus, we’re very outnumbered- having a day like this is really uplifting.”

The PSA holds a wide variety of events and presentation throughout the year, including a Halloween Ball.

“This year we’ve done presentations on an indigenous people, feminist views, wand making, charm bags and kitchen witchery – which is giving intention to your cooking. We also did an apocalypse series, about how each religion has a way that the world will end.”

Thursday’s festival will run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be free and open to the public.

Story: Kelsey Hamm, Intern A&E Reporter

Leave a Comment
Donate to The Appalachian
$1500
$5000
Contributed
Our Goal

We hope you appreciate this article! Before you move on, our student staff wanted to ask if you would consider supporting The Appalachian's award-winning journalism. We are celebrating our 90th anniversary of The Appalachian in 2024!

We receive funding from the university, which helps us to compensate our students for the work they do for The Appalachian. However, the bulk of our operational expenses — from printing and website hosting to training and entering our work into competitions — is dependent upon advertising revenue and donations. We cannot exist without the financial and educational support of our fellow departments on campus, our local and regional businesses, and donations of money and time from alumni, parents, subscribers and friends.

Our journalism is produced to serve the public interest, both on campus and within the community. From anywhere in the world, readers can access our paywall-free journalism, through our website, through our email newsletter, and through our social media channels. Our supporters help to keep us editorially independent, user-friendly, and accessible to everyone.

If you can, please consider supporting us with a financial gift from $10. We appreciate your consideration and support of student journalism at Appalachian State University. If you prefer to make a tax-deductible donation, or if you would prefer to make a recurring monthly gift, please give to The Appalachian Student News Fund through the university here: https://securelb.imodules.com/s/1727/cg20/form.aspx?sid=1727&gid=2&pgid=392&cid=1011&dids=418.15&bledit=1&sort=1.

Donate to The Appalachian
$1500
$5000
Contributed
Our Goal

Comments (0)

All The Appalachian Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *