Re: Michaelmas

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Posted by Kate on October 24, 1999 at 19:32:29:

In Reply to: Michaelmas posted by Elaine on October 24, 1999 at 19:20:07:

: : : There's an article in today's (Oct. 24) CHARLOTTE OBSERVER about Chimney ROck Park which mentions LOTM. (As in scenes featuring Daniel Day-Lewis, etc. were filmed there.) There's a nice shot of the falls. It was written by a Florida reporter. I'm off now to Biltmore House for Michaelmas, the final day.

: : : -Susan

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: : Greetings Susan!
: : Ahh, the Biltmore. Such a lovely spot for a Sunday afternoon.
: : May I ask, what is "Michaelmas"?
: : caitlin

: Hi Caitlin,

: Michaelmas (September 29) is the Feast Day of St. Michael. The Anglo-Norman arrival elevated its celebratory significance (Anglo-Norman customs ALWAYS took precedent) in Ireland.

: The two important harvest seasons marked in Ireland by Michaelmas concern apples & geese. Where apple orchards are plentiful, the fruit is harvested & cider production begins. Spring hatched geese are ready for market beginning on Michaelmas (this goose harvest is known as Fomhar na ngean) & the traditional Michaelmas dinner is ... right, goose.


Indeed, Elaine! And in Scotland, the reason to celebrate so heartily? If the harvests were good, you could pay your tithes (rents) and so keep a roof over yours and your family's heads till next harvest!! Well - it weren't always easy to do, in them days!! (Consider what happened when the harvests were poor! :0(

Best wishes,

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