Wednesday, February 02, 2005


The Sri Lankan holiday is called Nikin Poya Day. My favorite new website is, and you can punch in any day (or search by country or religion / tradition) and it will tell you what holidays are going on all over the world! For example, today is:

  • Candlemas - Liechtenstein
  • Candlemas, Presentation of the Lord - Switzerland
  • Dia de la Candelaria - Mexico
  • Festa de Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes Porto Allegre - Brazil
  • Fiesta de la Virgen de Candelaria - Bolivia
  • Groundhog Day - Canada and the United States
  • Kyndelsmassodagen - Sweden
  • Virgen de la Candelaria - Puno - Peru
  • Candlemas - for both Christianity and Paganism

For all of you non-catholics out there, here's a good article on Candlemas. Who knew Pagans celebrated it, too? Just one of those strange little usurping traditions so we can convert the locals Catholicism has hanging around the far reaches of its history.


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