By : Mark Chetcuti

Heritage Mississauga will be hosting a gathering called The Equinox Sunrise Ceremony which includes a contained fire. It takes place during sunrise. The event will be led by led by Elder Mark A. Sault, who is a member of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. The ceremony takes place Sunday, March 18, 2018 at The Grange (1921 Dundas Street West, Mississauga). The lighting of the fire will take place at 6:30 am while the gathering will begin fifteen minutes beforehand at 6:15 am. There will be a traditional equinox sunrise ceremony at 6:45 am.

As described by Heritage Mississauga, “We are hosting a Spring Equinox Sunrise Ceremony with Elder Mark Sault (Migizi Gikinoo’amaagew Inini) which is a traditional ceremony celebrating the beginning of Spring in which attendees watch the sunrise and the Elder tells the story of why the Spring Equinox is celebrated and offers a blessing. Attendees gather around a fire and the Elder provides medicines for everyone to offer their prayers to the fire. Participants are also offered water and strawberries.”

Thanks are given through a form of a traditional ceremonial prayer. “On this morning, we choose to celebrate the beginning of Spring, we give thanks to the Creator for the great gifts of life, intelligence, free will and intuition. For all of these we are grateful.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to experience a sunrise ceremony, learn about the history and meaning of the ceremony and participate in the ceremony. This event is a rare and great opportunity to learn about and experience Canadian Indigenous culture.

For more information visit : http://www.heritagemississauga.com/page/Spring-Equinox-Sunrise-Ceremony


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