Category Archives: Joys of Life

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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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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Vernal Equinox chūn fēn 春分 Mar 21st

Monday was the vernal equinox. It was a very warm sunny day here and without much wind , which has been unusual lately. Everyone seemed very happy to celebrate the first day of spring, including yours truly. In the traditional … 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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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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Winter Solstice dōng zhì 冬至 Dec 21st

Today is the winter solstice. Where I live in Virginia it comes at 11:19 PM EST. In the modern west the solstices are said to be the first day of winter and summer. Yet an older tradition marks the solstices … Continue reading

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December Calendar

St Nicholas Day Dec 6                                                                                                                      Celebrated as a popular holiday in many European countries, St. Nicholas Day, celebrates St. Nicholas of Myra, the man whose life inspired the tradition of Santa Claus … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving

I’ll bet you thought you would see pictures of pumpkin pie and a turkey here. Sorry. This is about a different thanksgiving. The dubious narrative that forms the backdrop to the traditional version of our upcoming holiday aside, formalizing a … Continue reading

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