By Bonnie Blackburn, Leofranc Holford-Strevens
What are the halcyon days? On what date do the puppy days commence? what's Hansel Monday? How do chinese language, Muslim, Mesoamerican, Jewish, and Babylonian calendars range from Christian calendars? The solutions to those and 1000s of alternative interesting questions about the best way people have marked and measured time over the millennia are available in The Oxford significant other to the Year.
the need to put aside convinced classes of time to mark their value is a transhistorical, transcultural phenomena. almost all cultures have marked specific days or classes: the dinner party day of a saint, the occasion of a historic occasion, the turning of a season, a interval of fasting, the birthday of a major ancient determine. round nowadays a wealthy physique of traditions, ideals, and superstitions have grown up, a lot of them purely half-remembered this present day. Now, for the 1st time, Bonnie Blackburn and Leofranc Holford-Strevens mix this physique of data with a wide-ranging survey of calendars throughout cultures in an authoritative and fascinating one-volume reference paintings. the 1st component to The Oxford significant other to the Year is a daily survey of the calendar yr, revealing the heritage, literature, legend, and lore linked to each one season, month, and day. the second one half offers a broader examine of time-reckoning: historic and sleek calendars, spiritual and civil, are defined, with convenient tables for the conversion of dates among numerous platforms and a invaluable index to facilitate quick reference.
The Oxford significant other to the Year is a distinct and uniquely pleasant reference resource, an critical reduction for all historians and antiquarians, and a wealthy mine of data and proposal for browsers.