Posts Tagged ‘Seasons’

Autumnal Equinox

September 23, 2010

Today, as you would have seen from yesterday’s post, marks the Autumnal Equinox. Here is Wikipedia again with lots of links and information, both scientific and mythological:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equinox

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中秋節

September 22, 2010

As you can see from the title, today is Zhongqiujie, or the Chinese Moon Festival. This is held on the fifteenth day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar and is held at a similar time as the Autumnal Equinox (as you will find out tomorrow!) Here is something from Wikipedia with links and more information:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-Autumn_Festival

Midsummer

June 24, 2009

Midsummer, Summer Solstice, the Feast Day of St. John, call it what you will. Today marks the pagan festival of Midsummer where, over most of the Northern Hemisphere, bonfires shall be lit and maypoles shall be danced around. Here is a Wikipedia article about it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midsummer

And here’s something from the BBC Website:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/paganism/holydays/summersolstice.shtml

Today is also the Ratha Yatra festival in Hinduism, commemorating Krishna’s return to his people after a long absence:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ratha_Yatra

Haiku Crazy…

February 21, 2009

Here in the Library, there has been much interest in the writing of Haikus.

If you don’t know much about this form of poetry but would like to find out more, take a look at the links below: http://www.haikusoc.ndo.co.uk/occpapers.html

http://www.haiku-plus.de/englisch/haiku-e.html

If reading about them has whetted your appetite and you feel you might like to have a go, here’s how they are structured.  http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Haiku-Poem

And if you’d like to see a few examples before putting pen to paper, you can-

http://www.international.ucla.edu/shenzhen/2002ncta/cunningham/Webpage-HaikuPoems.htm

https://www.hardenhuish.wilts.sch.uk/hardenhuish/vle/mod/resource/view.php?id=4137

http://home.vicnet.net.au/~poems/ps/html/haiku_examples.html