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Seasonal Changes

For archive (Updated on February 27, 2019)

(1) The early civilizations celebrate seasonal changes such as the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox. Stonehenge, Yule Tide, the sighting of Sirius (in conjunction with the floods of River Nile), … have fascinated a wide spectrum of people.

December used to be the 10th (and not the twelfth and last) month as implied by “Dec”. It has its fair share of religious and social events. It also is a time for some companies to have the annual shut down. It also is a time for classic and new stories about Christmas.

‘White Christmas” by Bing Crosby was the best selling single for many years. “Blue Christmas” by Elvis Presley has been digitally manipulated to feature a duet with Lisa Marie.

Ma Khin Khin Kyu (Ann, A67) forwarded me an e-mail with a YouTube link to “iPhones and IPads sending Merry Christmas”.

Thanks to Sayas and alums for sending e-greetings.

(2) Feedback from a reader

Dear Ko HM,

Happy holidays to you and your family.

Keep up your good work. We never cease to learn something new from our writings.

Latest one being December from the Latin “Dec” for December. To quote a Burmese saying, ” ha De Ma Mu, Gu Ma Myin”. It never crossed my mind to connect the Latin ‘Dec’ for 10 to December. Now that you got me thinking, Latin Sept (7), Oct (8) and Nov (9) stood for September, October and November.

I have read that the Roman year used to start in March (spring time), when the Roman Senate completed the budget for the year and the legions were sent out to fight the enemy. Some one got the bright idea to send the legions out in January to catch the barbarians in their winter camps. The senate completed the budget by January so that the legions could march out during the winter and January became the start of the year.

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