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Friday, December 23, 2011

'Tis the season .... of whatever.

To all my readers. I hope you have a good festive season - the one of your choice:
Take your pick:
 All these festivals on or around the Winter Solstice (in the Northern Hemisphere - which is the home of the dominant world cultures) is no co-incidence. 
They all are linked to the re-birth of the Sun, the lengthening of the days, the sun bringing life to the earth and the plants and animals, of course. 
We Southern Hemisphericals are a bit "out of it" of course, for our seasons are reversed, but our cultural traditions mostly come from the Old World seasons.
By the way, if you are a Malabar Christian, from Kerala in India, you have probably celebrated St. Thomas' Day on December 21. Good for you.
If you are from Mexico or Guatemala, you might have wanted to celebrate the "Flying Men Dance".
With five blokes up a wooden pole 100 feet high, 
this is far and away the most spectacular 
of the "Celebrations of New Life" I have come across. 
Flying Men on Pole dance. Source: Spyridoula Della Photography
You can see more interesting photos 
as these guys wind themselves down the pole, 
but those photos are copyrighted. 
You can find them here yourself, for free.
And if all those celebrations are not enough for you, you can then go into the Twelve Days of Christmas, which also have some familiar paganic echoes.

In the words of the famous Irish comedian, Dave Allen, "Goodnight, thank you, and may your God go with you".
By the way, I wish to thank my good friend George for the conversation today which has sparked this seasonal Posting.


Flabmeister said...


May I add another to the list?

That is Kwanzaa - a holiday invented in 1966 for US African Americans. It seems it originally had inspirational aims and resisted the commercial aspects of the modern Christmas. However when we lived in the US ('05 - '06) the major retailers were marketing it like Christmas and Kwanzaa was beginning to wither.


Denis Wilson said...

Thanks Martin
Nice bit of gap filling there.
I don't have any of the Asian New Year events. They seem to be a bit later in most calendars.
Maybe linked to monsoon seasons?

Snail said...

I'll take all of those!

Have a lovely Xmas, Denis. I hope your recuperation is going splendidly.

Gouldiae said...

G'day Denis,
Thanks for all the great reads during 2011 - wonderful work. How's the recovery going?
Best wishes,

Denis Wilson said...

Hi Gouldiae
Appreciate the encouragement.
Hip is good.
Leg still stiff from the Op, but slowly getting better.
Remarkable technology and especially the cleanliness of the hospital.
No post operative infections, thank heavens.
All the best to you for the New Year.

Denis Wilson said...

Many thanks Snail.
Thanks for your envigorating posts, esp loved the Lesser Sooty Owls, Jealous as hell.