Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A beautiful Sunday afternoon brought hundreds of people to parks, but it wasn't all picnics and fishing. Many celebrated Fargo's first ever Pagan Pride Day.
A beautiful Sunday afternoon brought hundreds of people to parks, but it wasn't all picnics and fishing. Many celebrated Fargo's first ever Pagan Pride Day.
Joy Zeidan has been a practicing Pagan for years, and after months of work, today her dream of a Fargo Pagan Pride day became a reality.
Joy Zeidan – Pagan Pride Day Coordinator: “We're just here to educate the community about paganism and different avenues of paganism. We're pretty much everyday people and there's really nothing to be scared about.”
Paganism traditions are described as more earth based spiritualities, originating from old polytheistic religions.
Grant Ridgeway – Pagan, Fargo: “Paganism isn't something I personally define because it's something that I do in my everyday life. My morals, the way I interact with each person, how I conduct myself at work all have to roll into what that spiritual practice is.”
Joy Zeidan – Pagan Pride Coordinator: “We're not devil worshipers; we don't really have a heaven or a hell. It's more of being centered with the earth.”
With the constant sound of beating drums, dozens attended today’s festivities and participated in the worship ceremony. Some of whom weren't Pagan.
David Green – Christian, Fergus Falls: “Each of us must remain our humility before God and remember Christ's one commandment, "Love each other as I have loved you." You do that by opening and sharing with one another.”
The Lake Agassiz Pagan Community took donations for the Dorothy Day House and YWCA.