Category Archives: Celebrations

November Calendar

November 5 Guy Fawkes Day                                                                                                     In 1603, King James I took the throne in England. An avid Protestant, he began persecuting Catholics in the country.  He forbid Catholics from practicing their … Continue reading

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Samhain

When the nights begin to chill and the leaves turn color and begin to fall, my thoughts turn to All Hallows’ Eve. Not the rampant candy fest Halloween but the older holiday, the tridium of Allhallowtide, which lasts three days … Continue reading

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Samurai and the Supernatural

For those who have never heard of creepypasta, let me explain. It has nothing to do with food. Creepypastas are horror related stories or images that have been copy-and-pasted around the internet. They began on message boards and forums. The entries … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Cats vs Halloween Decorations

I love Halloween. But I have a house full of running, jumping, wrestling and sometimes squabbling cats. This makes decorating problematic. Last year a really cute ceramic pumpkin man got knocked off the mantelpiece and smashed on the brick below. … Continue reading

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Chongyang Festival Oct 7

The 9th day of the 9th lunar month is the traditional Chongyang Festival, or Double Ninth Festival. It usually falls in October in the Gregorian calendar. In an ancient and mysterious book Yi Jing, or The Book of Changes, number … Continue reading

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My Oktoberfest

In Germany Oktoberfest actually begins in September and runs about two weeks. At least where I live in the United States Oktoberfest celebrations are small local affairs lasting a day or a weekend.  There is a German restaurant about an … Continue reading

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Dashain Festival Oct 5th – Oct 10th

There is something about October. Around the world there are holidays and festivals celebrating the triumph of good over evil and of light over darkness. The Festival of Dashain is celebrated by Nepalese people around the world for just this … Continue reading

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