Re: Michaelmas

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Posted by Dana S. on October 24, 1999 at 20:05:25:

In Reply to: Re: Michaelmas posted by Kate on October 24, 1999 at 19:32:29:

: : : : 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.

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: 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,
: Kate.


Michaelmas sounds like an ideal holiday! I'm surprised the greeting card companies haven't jumped all over this one. Thanks for the learning experience,guys.


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