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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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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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Caturday Thoughts – Zhongyuan Festival

I love festivals of all kinds, but especially ones connected with either food or folklore. This Saturday is the Zhongyuan Festival, also known as Ullambana Festival among Buddhists, falls on the fifteenth day of the seventh lunar month of the … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Spring Commences lì chūn 立春 Feb 4th

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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Caturday Thoughts – Imbolc and Candlemas

Imbolc or Imbolg, is an old traditional festival marking the beginning of spring. Most commonly it is held on 1 February, or about halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. There is evidence it has been an important date since ancient … Continue reading

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Minor Cold xiǎo hán 小寒 Jan 5th

Minor Cold 小寒(Shōkan Japanese, 소한 Sohan Korean, tiểu hàn Vietnamese) literally means small or minor cold. and is the 23rd solar term. It ia a bit of a misnomer. Although “Minor Cold” implies less cold than the following solar term, “Major Cold”, there is … Continue reading

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