HAPPY NEW YEAR! Today, for most observers (but tomorrow for others), is Persian New Year, variously and roughly Anglicized as Navrus (Tajikistan), Nawroz (Afghanistan), Nevruz Day (Albania), Nooruz (Iran), Nov Ruz Bairam (Kyrgyzstan), Nauryz Meyrami (Kazakhstan) and Novruz Bayram (Azerbaijan). As with the Lunar New Year, which is often referred to in the media as … Continue reading Happy Nowruz!
After Mexico gained its independence from Spain, the newly independent country organized itself into several states. In the northern Coahuila y Tejas, there were many Native peoples like the Alabama, Apache, Aranama, Atakapa, Caddo, Comanche, Coahuiltecan, Cherokee, Choctaw, Coushatta, Hasinai, Jumano, Karankawa, Kickapoo, Kiowa and Wichita that the nearly bankrupt Mexican government had little … Continue reading Happy Texas Independence Day!
***** Eric Brightwell is an adventurer, writer, rambler, explorer, cartographer, and guerrilla gardener who is always seeking writing, speaking, traveling, and art opportunities — or salaried work. He is not interested in writing advertorials, clickbait, listicles, or other 21st century variations of spam. Brightwell’s written work has appeared in Amoeblog, diaCRITICS, and KCET Departures. His work has been featured by the American … Continue reading Happy Pig Day — celebrate with pig-related films
Happy Holidays. Today's the big day -- that one day we eagerly await as soon as the Halloween decorations are taken down -- the Feast of Stephen or Boxing Day or Wren Day. St. Stephen lived in the first century and was stoned to death c. 34 AD by a mob led by Paul (when … Continue reading The Feast of Stephen
Tomorrow is St. Lucy's Day, a holiday primarily observed in Northern and Central Europe... and the Upper Middle West. If it seems odd for Lutherans to observe a Saint Day, it's because it sort of is. Then again, as with all the best Christian observances, the holiday's roots likely if anythinhave little to do with … Continue reading St. Lucy’s Day
You know those grinches that, on Valentines Day say, "I don't need a holiday to tell me when to express my feelings for my loved one" or, on Mothers Day say "I don't need a stupid holiday to tell me when to call my mom?" Well, that's one reason I like Halloween --because those bias … Continue reading Happy All Hallows’ Even
Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's Map of Missouri Missouri's nickname, the "Show Me State," first appears in print in the words of congressman, William Vandiver, who declared in 1889, “I come from a state that raises corn and cotton and cockleburs and Democrats. Frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I am from Missouri. You have got … Continue reading Sounds of the Show-Me State — Happy Missouri Day
These chaps have the right idea! Some "Cut & Run" types think it's ok to celebrate such other July 4th holidays such as: Filipino - American Friendship Day Day of Agwe - Haiti Birthday of Queen Sonja - Norway Commemoration of Jewish Genocide - Latvia Family Day - Lesotho Fisherman's Day - … Continue reading Happy Fourth of July! — In which various VHS and DVD titles are suggested…
Tonight is Walpurgis Night. Saint Walpurga was, supposedly, an 8th century nun whose relics were transferred on April 30th and her name was given to the holiday. As frequently happened during Christianity's spread across Europe, this was merely an instance of co-opting and Christianizing a much older holiday. Before Saint Walpurga was dreamed up, 30 April was … Continue reading Walpurgis Night
In terms of beloved figures central to Christian children's mythology, the Easter Bunny would probably show up near the top, well below Santa Claus but higher than Jesus, The Sandman and the Tooth Fairy. Actually, I was never too crazy about the Tooth Fairy. What does she does with all those teeth? Why does she buy our silence … Continue reading Happy Easter!