Holidays & Days of Note for August 1, 2014
* Lammas, Lughnasa or Lughnasadh (Celtic)The wheel of the year begins to shift from growing time to harvest time. Actually I have never heard of anyone calling it Lughnasa, however that’s the name of an upcoming film starring Meryl Streep and so I thought I should include it because…. Meryl Streep
* Swiss National Day (Switzerland)
* Celebration of the Slavery Abolition Act (England) which ended slavery in the British Empire in 1833.
* Girlfriends Day (U.S.)
* World Scout Scarf Day (Scouting) World Scout Scarf day is a recent effort to encourage active and former Scouts worldwide to wear their neckerchiefs in public annually on August 1 as a symbol of the Scout promise and the spirit of Scouting, it use to just be World Scout Day.
Deepak Chopra : Why Militant Atheists Are Victims of Superstition Masquerading as Rationality
Holidays & Days of Note for July 29, 2014
* Pardon of the Birds (France)
* Olsok Day (Norway)
* It was this day in 1588 the invincible Spanish Armada is defeated by the British Naval force under the command of Lord Charles Howard & Sir Francis Drake with the aid of fire boats and a whelping big storm, which according to legend Drake helped rise with the aid of a coven of Witches the night before the battle.
* And It was 60 years ago today that the Fellowship of the Ring was first published. (some places say the 24th, others the 29th.) either way it was 60 years ago.
Holidays & Days of Note for July 28, 2014.
* Hurricane Supplication Day (Virgin Islands) Hurricane Thanksgiving Day is in November.
* National Tree Planting Day (Australia)
* Milk Chocolate Day (U.S.)
* World Hepatitis Day (International)
* Day of Commemoration of the Great Upheaval (Canada) The Acadian people, descendants of a group of French Catholic settlers in Acadia, which was, by 1713, British territory, were historically neutral in the conflict between the British and French in Canada. When the French and Indian War began in 1754, the British government demanded these French-descended subjects sign loyalty oaths, which, among other tenets, effectively required the renunciation of the Roman Catholic faith. The oath was widely rejected, and in response, the lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia, Colonel Charles Lawrence, ordered the forced deportation of more than 10,000 Acadians, or more than three-quarters of Nova Scotia’s Acadian population.
A moment of Incan mythology for you—
This is an artist’s rendition of Catequil— the Incan god of thunder and lightning.
He’s actually rather boring, except for one really strange little morsel of myth…
Catequil is the creator of twins… in that he will come down as a lightning bolt and enter a woman while she is in bed with her husband, causing two babies to be born.
So I guess— if you want twins, do the dirty during a lightning storm. Cheers!
Holidays & Days of Note for July 25, 2014
* Culinarians Day (U.S.) a “holiday” for people who cook for their own pleasure, however you can be pretty sure almost no one has even heard of this day.
* Furrinalia (Ancient Rome) Furrina, Roman festival about which little is known, for a goddess about whom even less is known, may have had something to do with water, little is known because she was mostly forgotten even by the late ancient Romans.
* Inca festival in honor of the thunder god Catequil
* Amordadegan “without death” (Ancient Iran) also celebrated by the Zoroastrians for something like 4000 years.
Seems to be a day for obscure `never heard of that’ holidays.
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#4. “Keanu Reeves and Nic Cage Are Immortal”
Several Internet eons ago (in 2011), a man emerged from the depths of the abyss bringing secret, dangerous knowledge: The entity we know as “Nicolas Cage” is immortal, and quite possibly a vampire. A few years earlier, we had already found out that another popular person we have come to call “Keanu Reeves” is equally ageless, having lived throughout the ages under various guises that include the French silent-film actor Paul Mounet and the legendary 9th-century emperor Charlemagne.
Holidays & Days of Note for July 23, 2014
* Birthday of Haile Selassie (Rastafari movement)
* National Remembrance Day (Papua New Guinea) Marks the 66th anniversary of the first engagement by PNG and Australian forces against the invading Japanese in WWII.
* National Hot Dog Day (U.S.)
* Sun Festival (Mayan) Honoring Sun God Ahau Kin; celebrated with devotional offerings of food, song, prayer, and a ritual procession that symbolically travels to the four quarters of the universe.