Tuesday, May 01, 2018


Cross Quarter Day

May 1 is a cross quarter day, that is, a day halfway between solstice and equinox. The others are February 2, August 1, and November 1. They all have had, to varying degrees, celebrations associated with them.

Some of these celebrations are pretty pathetic. Especially Groundhog's Day. A large marmot can foretell weather for the next 6 weeks or so? That's the celebration? Great movie, though.

November 1 is the Catholics' All Saints Day, which is not as good as All Souls Day one day later (in Mexico both days are Dia de Muertos, which is pretty cool). As with mid-Summer, the evening before is the big celebration, at least here.

August 1 is actually the least of them as far as celebrations are concerned, especially here in America where our Summer celebration is July 4. (There is the excellent Shakespeare play, A Midsummer's Night Dream).

May 1 was big with the Communists and I have to admit I miss the big tank parades in Red Square, Moscow. Below is a recent smaller, Russian version of what the Soviets did. I won't get into the Pagan phallic Spring celebration involving a pole and ribbons.

So happy cross quarter day. Now get back to work.


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