Archive for the ‘folklore’ Category

Wardrobe Adjustment

May 28, 2012

Wardrobe Adjustment
Memorial Day. It’s that special time when America pauses a moment to look for its white shoes and straw hats.

This is the official Unofficial Start of Summer.

Note: In Baltimore, “Straw Hat Day” is May 15th. Farther south, other rules apply.

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Seis de Mayo

May 6, 2012

Seis de Mayo
Last night, the 5th of May, millions of people commemorated the Mexican victory at the Battle of Puebla (1862) with volleys of shots — of tequila — bravura barrages of beer, and murderous margaritas. Unsurprisingly, this morning finds heads held hostage and stomachs seared from nacho napalm. Today’s Spanish vocabulary lesson: crudo means ” hangover.”

If you celebrated Cinco de Mayo with cerveza, celebrate Seis de Mayo this morning with el desayuno de los campeones, the Breakfast of Champions. The traditional Mexican hangover cure is menudo tripe soup or stew.

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Dragons

January 23, 2012

Dragons

Happy New Year (新年快乐). This Lunar New Year is the Year of the Dragon in much of Asia. In China, where the dragon is considered a national symbol, this year is considered especially auspicious, and many couples will attempt to have lucky children in the next twelve months. To Chinese moms, that’s not an unmixed blessing.

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Watch Night

January 1, 2012

'Watch Night: Waiting for the Hour' ('Watch Meeting — Dec. 31st, 1862'), by William Tolman Carlton

Many Washingtonians spent late Saturday night and early Sunday morning at African American churches observing Watch Night, a New Year’s Eve celebration little known outside of the Black community, though a painting of such a prayer meeting by New England artist William Tolman Carlton (above) hangs in the White House.

In 19th century England and America the secular celebration of New Year’s Eve was called “Watch Night” – Winslow Homer’s illustration in the January 5, 1861 Harper’s entitled “The Georgia Delegation in Congress Seeing the Old Year Out “ is subtitled “Watch Night.” The New Year’s Eve religious services called Watch Night developed in the Methodist Church in Britain as an occasion for the Covenant Prayer, through which believers re-commit themselves to God.

Thus it may already have been customary for Black Methodists and Baptists to celebrate Watch Night, but December 31, 1862 had a momentous worldly significance: the Emancipation Proclamation would go into effect at midnight. This is why the celebration continues in African American churches today, striking a more joyous note than prior penitential Watch Nights.

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Happy New Year and Lucky Legumes

December 31, 2011

Happy New Year and Lucky Legumes

Happy New Year to you and yours from NotionsCapital.com

Remember: If you must eat black-eyed peas and drive, roll down the windows.

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Best New Year’s Resolutions Ever

December 31, 2011

Best New Year’s Resolutions Ever

If asked about your New Year’s Resolutions for 2012, the best response is “I am far from perfect, but self-criticism sessions went out with Chairman Mao. So Happy New Year, and let’s have another drink.”

If friends and family insist you make resolutions, perhaps at gunpoint, you may benefit from this list of the Top 10 Best New Year’s Resolutions Ever:

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It’s September.

September 6, 2011

It's September.

Now that September is upon us, remember:

1. The NFL season starts Thursday.

2. Air out woolens.

3. Buy leaf bags.

4. Don’t wear white shoes.

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Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2011

June 27, 2011

Smithsonian Folk Festival 2011

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is back on the National Mall in Washington DC  Thursday June 30th to July 4th and July 7th to July 11th. This year’s free Festival features Rhythm & Blues, the culture of Colombia, and the Peace Corps.

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Happy Dyngus Day

April 25, 2011

Happy Dyngus Day

Polish-Americans celebrate the end of Lent with Dyngus Day. Read more here.

 

Hat tip: Mary Knieser

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Watch Night

January 1, 2011

Watch Night
Many Washingtonians spent last Friday night and Saturday morning at African American churches observing Watch Night, a New Year’s Eve celebration little known outside of the black community, even though a painting of such a prayer meeting by New England artist William Tolman Carlton (above) hangs in the White House.

In 19th century England and America the secular celebration of New Year’s Eve was called “Watch Night” – Winslow Homer’s illustration in the January 5, 1861 Harper’s entitled “The Georgia Delegation in Congress Seeing the Old Year Out “ is subtitled “Watch Night.” The New Year’s Eve religious services called Watch Night developed in the Methodist Church in Britain as an occasion for the Covenant Prayer, through which believers re-commit themselves to God.

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