Satanic holidays have been described by both Satanists and by Christian authors, as well as by historians of witchcraft, who in turn relied on Christian accounts.

Satanist portrayal of Satanic holidaysEdit

In The Satanic Bible, Satanist Anton LaVey writes that the main two Satanic holidays (after one's birthday), are Walpurgisnacht and Halloween. Other holidays are the two solstices and the two equinoxes. Five to six weeks after each of the solstices and equinoxes are the "legendary Satanic revels" (a reference to the cross-quarter days). [1] [2]

In the First Satanic Church, an "Annual Black X-Mass Show" is also held every December, hosted by LaVey's daughter, Karla LaVey.

Christian portrayal of Satanic holidaysEdit

Christian authors have written dozens of anti-Satanic books with lists of Satanic Ritual Days.[3] According to the Ontario Consultants for Religious Tolerance, in some cases the authors appear to reference the works of other conservative Christian writers. Many people, and many satanists, appear to lack major direct knowledge of Satanism and all show a general lack of familiarization with the religion.[3]

In The Edge of Evil "Grand High Climax" is said to be a major holiday celebrated by Satanists on December 24. Evangelical Christian author Jerry Johnston says in this book that it is a celebration meant to juxtapose the Christian holiday of Christmas Eve, when the birth of Jesus Christ is celebrated. However this goal to blaspheme is not always prevalent.[4]

He claims that Grand High Climax is traditionally celebrated with a Black Mass, followed by great excesses of food, drink, sex, and merriment, but a rite called "Grand High Climax", and the details of the activities involved, is not a rite acknowledged by all Satanic groups. It was once part of the Satanic panic and beliefs about the Witches' Sabbath.


  1. LaVey, Anton Szandor (1969). "Religious Holidays". The Satanic Bible. New York: Avon Books. ISBN 9780380015399. OCLC 26042819. 
  2. The Dictionary of Cults, Sects, Religions and the Occult by Mather & Nichols, (Zondervan, 1993), P. 244, quoted at ReligiousTolerance.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Satanic Holidays - Days Of Celebration
  4. Johnston, Jerry (1989). The Edge of Evil. Word Publishers, pg. 211. ISBN 0849906687

Further readingEdit

  • Hatonn, Gyeorgos C 2 (1998). Rise of Antichrist. Phoenix Source Distributors, Inc.. ISBN 9781569351871.  p 162, Halloween and May 1–2

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