Saturday, September 29, 2012

Have you ever wondered what Michaelmas was?

Well, we have heard for years that there was such a day -- but never quite figured out what it was.

Turns out that Michaelmas is another name for the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel a/k/a the Feast of the Archangels.

Michael and Gabriel are the archangels most people have heard of, and Wikipedia says that no more than three or four are usually mentioned. However, according to very old tradition there may be as many as seven: Gabriel, Michael, Raphael, Uriel (or Anael), Simiel, Oriphiel and Zachariel. At least that's what our crack research staff has concluded.

Usual Suspect Punchbowl says today is also National Coffee Day. But (like Drink a Beer Day yesterday) isn't every day Coffee Day?

Usual Suspect Hallmark says today is Confucius Day -- but Wikipedia says that Confucius was born on September 28 in the year 551 B.C. We don't claim to have authoritative proof on either side of that one.

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