Some weekends when I sit down to write to you, I struggle with a topic. I try to read a lot during the week and sometimes nothing hits me as being “worth sharing”. This weekend is a different case: Halloween; full moon – BLUE moon (yes that’s today too); clocks falling back… what to choose? The heck with it, let’s hit them all!
Ok, you can admit it to me: Did you think Halloween originally started due to the Christian’s “All Saints Day” on November 1st? Although All Saints Day does have something to do with how we celebrate Halloween today, its origin dates back before Christian’s All Saint’s Day in the 8th century. The Celts, largely from modern day Ireland, celebrated “Samhain”. This celebration was to mark the passing of summer to winter. They believed the spirits of their dead would return at this time. To ward off evil spirits they would create large fires, which, somehow turned into the party we know it today.
Here are two sources for you to check out:
When is a full moon full? Are you aware that – technically – scientists have this down to a specific minute? Therefore – technically – the moon may not be full for you, depending on your time zone on the day you think it is. Sheesh…don’t tell my daughter, Sydney, that. To her, tonight is a full moon, she has a werewolf costume for Halloween, and she is now and has been ready to howl! (Literally, she was howling on the entire drive to school Friday morning.) Let’s throw out absolute technicalities from scientists and time zones for a minute… a full moon on Halloween happens every 19 years and every one of them is a blue moon, that second full moon of a calendar month. Incidentally, blue moons occur every 2.4 years. So, howl away my werewolf friends and enjoy your night!
Please remember to “fall back” with your clocks tonight. I don’t mind the addition of more time this weekend, although one could argue we need to get 2020 over sooner rather than later. It’s the “spring forward” that messes my circadian rhythm the most. There is quite an ongoing debate whether we should continue with our time manipulation or settle on one permanent time solution. As for right now, we get an “extra” hour this evening which means my daughter gets to howl even longer!
I found this article that I feel best sums up the history of Daylight Savings Time:
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