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Some Christian Festival Dates 2015 - 2016



Paschal Candelabrum - Abbazia di San Clemente a Casauria





Easter (Western)



Easter (Eastern)





(Easter + 7 Weeks)




Corpus Domini

(Corpus Christi)


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"






Vernal (Spring) Equinox



Summer Solstice



Autumnal (Fall) Equinox



Winter Solstice



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 ......



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