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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Birthday Celebration!

Greetings, my dear friends! I hope everyone had a very blessed Imbolg and all is well. Last night, my sister Rhiannon and I celebrated our birthdays surrounded by all of our friends and family! 

My sister Aurora Skye and her hubby joined us ...

 Along with Rhiannon's son, Ricky ...

We exchanged our cards and gifts and ate a wonderful dinner after which we stayed for the karaoke entertainment ...

Rhiannon singing beautifully!

All in all, a GREAT birthday night out!!

Brightest Blessings all until next time!!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Leap-Year Day Customs & Traditions

With 2016 being a Leap Year, brings to mind the question of what traditions and lore come along with it. I thought it would be fun to add a post about it since there are so very many interesting historical facts associated with a Leap Year. So, here are some fun things you may or may not have known.

Women Propose to Their Men

According to an old Irish legend, or possibly history, St Brigid struck a deal with St. Patrick to allow women to propose to men every four years.This is believed to have been introduced to balance the traditional roles of men and women in a similar way to how leap day balances the calendar.

 Unlucky in Love

In Scotland, it used to be considered unlucky for someone to be born on leap day, just as Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day by many. However, an unmarried Queen Margaret allegedly enacted a law in 1288 allowing women to propose on leap-year day. But there was a catch: The proposer had to wear a red petticoat (a skirt under her skirt) to warn her intended that she planned to pop the question

Greeks consider it unlucky for couples to marry during a leap year, and especially on Leap Day, and, the relationship is thought to likely end in divorce.

Gloves Hide Naked Ring Finger

In some places, leap day has been known as “Bachelors’ Day” for the same reason. A man was expected to pay a penalty, such as a gown or money, if he refused a marriage proposal from a woman on Leap Day.

Women in Finland are advised to propose only leap-year day (Feb. 29) for good luck. If her boyfriend should refuse, he is required to pay her a "fine": enough fabric to make a skirt.

In many European countries, especially in the upper classes of society, tradition dictates that any man who refuses a woman's proposal on February 29 has to buy her 12 pairs of gloves. The intention is that the woman can wear the gloves to hide the embarrassment of not having an engagement ring. During the middle ages there were laws governing this tradition.

St Oswald’s Day

Leap day is also St Oswald’s Day, named after the archbishop of York who died on February 29, 992. His memorial is celebrated on February 29 during leap years and on February 28 during common years.

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As mentioned above, perhaps the most well-known of the leap-year marriage superstitions belongs to Ireland, where, again, women are advised to propose only on Feb. 29 for good luck. 

Legend has it that St, Brigid of Kildare, a fifth-century Irish nun, asked St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, to grant permission for women to propose marriage after hearing complaints from single women whose suitors were too shy to propose. Initially, he granted women permission to propose only once every seven years, but at Brigid's insistence, he acquiesced and allowed proposals every leap day. The folk tale suggests that Brigid then dropped to a knee and proposed to Patrick that instant, but he refused, kissing her on the cheek and offering a silk gown to soften the blow. The Irish tradition therefore dictates that any man refusing a woman's leap-day proposal must give her a silk gown.

Monday, February 01, 2016

A New Outlook!

Greetings my dear friends and a Blessed Imbolg!! I am just checking in with everyone. I am still working on my weight loss plan and thought that I would post a recent pic for you ...  :)

As usual, I am looking forward to Spring and, of course, watching our Punxutawney Phil make his yearly "prediction" of early spring or six more weeks of winter ... LOL!!!