31 July 2010

Welcome to my Book of Days

Traditions, superstitions, weather lore... the year is full of them, along with holidays, holy days, and remembrance days.

For instance, one tradition is that the weather on each of the twelve days of Christmas forecasts the weather for the next twelve months.  An alternate tradition uses the period between the 1st and the 12th of January.  There are also the Ember Days, and some single days, such as Saint Swithin's (July 15), which are supposed to accurately predict the coming weather.

But weather isn't the only thing of which our ancestors wanted to have foreknowledge, and so I have added other superstitions and traditions pertinent to the year's celebrations.  My guests will also find recipes to aid in the celebrating, some astronomical data, links to pages of interest, and (because I am opinionated) my opinions.

Please note: This is all very lighthearted.  I enjoy seeing how accurate the predictions are (although it may take some real convolutions of the mind to base August's weather on that of January 8).  I also like to find reasons to celebrate.  If you have a comment or suggestion or something I can add to this list, please feel free to either use the comment box or my email.