By Bonnie Blackburn, Leofranc Holford-Strevens
What are the halcyon days? On what date do the puppy days start? what's Hansel Monday? How do chinese language, Muslim, Mesoamerican, Jewish, and Babylonian calendars range from Christian calendars? The solutions to those and enormous quantities of different exciting questions about the best way people have marked and measured time over the millennia are available in The Oxford spouse to the Year.
the will to put aside sure classes of time to mark their value is a transhistorical, transcultural phenomena. almost all cultures have marked detailed days or sessions: the dinner party day of a saint, the party of a historic occasion, the turning of a season, a interval of fasting, the birthday of a tremendous old determine. round nowadays a wealthy physique of traditions, ideals, and superstitions have grown up, lots of them basically half-remembered this present day. Now, for the 1st time, Bonnie Blackburn and Leofranc Holford-Strevens mix this physique of information with a wide-ranging survey of calendars throughout cultures in an authoritative and interesting one-volume reference paintings. the 1st component to The Oxford better half to the Year is a daily survey of the calendar 12 months, revealing the heritage, literature, legend, and lore linked to each one season, month, and day. the second one half offers a broader research of time-reckoning: old and smooth calendars, non secular and civil, are defined, with convenient tables for the conversion of dates among a number of platforms and a precious index to facilitate quickly reference.
The Oxford better half to the Year is a different and uniquely pleasant reference resource, an vital relief for all historians and antiquarians, and a wealthy mine of data and notion for browsers.