Category Archives: Ritual

Clear and Bright qīng míng 清明 Apr 5th

On the fifth we will pass into the period of of Clear and Bright, the seventh of the solar terms. It is clear and bright (when it’s not raining), and the weather becomes noticeably warmer. A misnomer, particularly in southern … Continue reading

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Holi 21st to 22nd

Holi is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities outside Asia. In addition to India and Nepal, the festival is celebrated by Indian … Continue reading

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The Ides of March

The Ides of March is a day on the Roman calendar that corresponds to 15 March. It was marked by several religious observances. The Romans did not number days of a month from the first to the last day. Instead, they … Continue reading

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Shrove Tuesday and Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras marks the end of the Carnival season, a period that starts at Epiphany on January 6 and ends on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras, literally “fat Tuesday” in French, is a day for feasting in preparation … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Spring Commences lì chūn 立春 Feb 3th

As a solar term, Spring Commences had already entered people’s lives in the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC). At that time, there were eight solar terms. According to some experts, the 24 solar terms were used for the first … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve II Ghost Stories

“A sad tale’s best for winter: I have one of sprites and goblins.”      William Shakespeare A Winter’s Tale Act 2 Scene 1   My Christmas must have it’s ghosts and in having this tradition I am in good company. … Continue reading

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St Nicholas

St Nicholas was the Greek bishop of Myra (Demre, in Lycia, part of modern-day Turkey) in the early 4th Century AD. Many miracles are attributed to his intercession and, over the centuries, he became a hugely popular saint. He had a reputation … Continue reading

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