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Some Christian Festival Dates 2015 - 2016

 

 

Paschal Candelabrum - Abbazia di San Clemente a Casauria

 

 

Year

 

Easter (Western)

(Sunday)

 

Easter (Eastern)

(Sunday)

 

Pentecost

(Whitsun)

(Easter + 7 Weeks)

(Sunday)

 

 

Corpus Domini

(Corpus Christi)

(Thursday)

2015 5 April 12 April 24 May

4 June

2016 27 March 1 May 15 May

26 May

 

 

The Passion Window in Chartres Cathedral

 

 

 

Some of the special places for Corpus Domini infioratas (flower tapestries)

 

 

Cistercian Abbazia di Casamari south of Rome in Lazio (above)

Cistercian Abbazia di Chiaravalle della Colomba (near Fidenza in Emilia-Romagna)

Street Infiorata at Spello (Umbria)

 

and there are others to be found on the web including Bolsena and Genzano di Roma

 

 

 

Ognissanti, a day of flowers and family past and present (with food),

is on November 1st each year

 

 

 

 

Paradoxplace has lots of photos and a special page about the Zodiac Signs and Monthly Labours' illustrations which are found in many medieval European churches

 

 

and another page about Sins and Virtues

 

 

 

Solstice and Equinox Dates 2010 - 2012 (N Hemisphere)

See also "The Longest Day"

 

 

Year

 

 

Vernal (Spring) Equinox

 

 

Summer Solstice

 

 

Autumnal (Fall) Equinox

 

 

Winter Solstice

 

2015

20 March

21 June

 

23 September

 

22 December

 

 

 

The Winter Solstice - L'Eglise St-Lazare, Avallon - makes you cold just to look at him!

 

 

 

 

The Gregorian Calendar

 

Pope  Gregory XIII (Ugo Boncompagni, a doctoral law lecturer from Bologna University) (1502 - 1572 - 1585 (83))

 

 

Pope Gregory XIII was responsible for the introduction of the (solar based) Gregorian Calendar to replace the previous (solar based) Julian Calendar introduced by Julius Caesar to replace the earlier still (lunar based and hopeless) Roman Calendar.  Julian years were on average a bit too long, and the replacement Gregorian ones (which still operate) were just right.  Gregory's implementation of his new calendar scheme meant the disappearing of the 5th to 14 October 1582 in areas he "controlled". 

 

Predictably, non Roman Catholic states saw this as a evil papist conspiracy to rob them and refused to take part.  They slowly realized the mathematical error of their ways - England and its North American colonies joined in nearly 200 years later in 1752, losing the 3rd September to the 13th September 1752 to bring their calendars back into line.  Scotland was much quicker to conform with Rome, and changed over in 1600, which must have led to some interesting challenges in the Scottish Borders.

 

When England went Gregorian, it also took the opportunity to move New Years Day from March 25 (Lady Day) to January 1.  So March 25 1751 was the start of 1751,  which became a just over 9 month year, then the next year, 1752, minus 3 - 13 September, started on the following January 1.  If you find anyone who claims to have been born in England in January, February or most of March 1751, they are not to be believed!  Luckily most family tree research does not get back beyond the mid-1700s and so avoids this complication, and likewise European Australia was only invented later.  Old habits die hard - the other day we were searching some parish records from St Mary, Scarborough, from the latter 1700s - they were still starting a new set of annual records each Lady Day.

 

So what, you may ask, about all those medieval "labours of the month and Zodiac sign" displays in England - with the two faced Janus looking back on the past year and forward to the next one etc in January - just another medieval mystery at the moment ......

 

 

More Popes

 

 

 

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