Halcyon Days: January

January 30, 2016 ,
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''Time you enjoy wasting,is not wasted time''
by Evelina Mavrides

During these days, usually at the end of January, the weather is mild-sunny with no winds. According to Greek mythology Alcyone (/ælˈsəˌni/; Greek: Ἁλκυόνη, Halkyónē) was the daughter of Aeolus. She married Ceyx, son of Eosphorus the Morning Star. When her husband died in a shipwreck, (caused by Zeus because he was jealous of their love) and she saw his floating body, she threw herself into the sea.

Out of compassion gods turned them both into flying birds. The noun halcyon comes from the greek word alkyon or halcyon  meaning the bird called kingfisher. When Alcyone made her nest on the beach, waves threatened to destroy it. Aeolus restrained his winds and kept them calm during seven days in each year, so she could lay her eggs. These were originally the 14 days each year (seven days on either side of the shortest day of the year) . These became known as the “halcyon days,” when storms do not occur. Today, the term is used to denote a ​past period that is being remembered for being happy and/or ​successful. Halkyon is also the name of the brightest of the Pleiades, a group of seven stars in the constellation Taurus.


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