Category Archives: Celebrations

Caturday Thoughts: No Reason to Celebrate

I have no motivation for celebrating the Fourth of July. The reasons go both deep and wide. In most years my main complaint is the fireworks, which disturb the cats. They trigger me , too. I never liked the random … Continue reading

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July Calendar

July 1 is Canada Day/Dominion Day unless July 1st falls on a Sunday. In that case it is celebrated the next day. Canada Day commemorates the day Canada became self-governing on July 1st, 1867, with the passage of the British North … Continue reading

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June Calendar

June 4th Eid-al-Fitr Eid-al-Fitr (Arabic: عيد الفطر‎) is a day of feasting and is celebrated on the first of Shawwal (10th month of the lunar Islamic calendar).  This Eid is a reward to the Muslims who spent the month of … Continue reading

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Beltane

The first of May came in colder weather than I would have preferred. The tradition of a bonfire on Beltane is not something I do just for myself, but I decided the cold rainy weather was perfect justification for a … Continue reading

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Beltane May 01

The first of May is a holiday with both ancient roots and a completely modern aspect. As a person fond of traditional festivities I celebrate it as Beltane, as the Gaelic first day of summer was known. One practice I … Continue reading

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Longtaitou Festival***

People pay tribute to the dragon king of sea and god of salt on the occasion of Longtaitou Festival in Weifang, east China’s Shandong Province, March. 2, 2014. The Longtaitou Festival, or Eryueer Festival, which means “dragon raises head” in Chinese, is … Continue reading

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March Calendar

Indoors or out, no one relaxes In March, that month of wind and taxes, The wind will presently disappear, The taxes last us all the year. ~Ogden Nash (1902–1971), “Thar She Blows”  [Tax Day used to be on March 15th … Continue reading

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Xiao Nian Feb 23 (update)

Little New Year (Chinese: Xiaonian), usually a week before the lunar New Year, falls on Feb 11 this year. It is also known as the Festival of the Kitchen God, the deity who oversees the moral character of each household. The … Continue reading

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Yule Log

Among the Pagan traditions that have become part of Christmas is burning the yule log. The Druids would bless a log and keep it burning for 12 days during the winter solstice; part of the log was kept for the following … Continue reading

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Christmas Feasting

The coronation of Charlemagne on Christmas of 800 helped promote the popularity of the holiday. Other customs developed as part of Christian belief. For example, Mince Pies (so called because they contained shredded or minced meat) were baked in oblong … Continue reading

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