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F&R Cartoon: Hand pass (yonkoma #4)

YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!! Canucks won the first round of play-off!!!!!!!!!
To celebrate, a little yonkoma, not specially related, the game was quite correct LOL
Hand pass, yonkoma


3rd May, 2010 19:25 (UTC)
When our cherry blossoms fell, it was very windy, so we got a wonderful show of pink cherry 'snow' falling and drifting into piles on the street. What are 'ice saints'?
3rd May, 2010 21:15 (UTC)
Ah, the "ice saints". As you lived once in Spain, I don't need to remind you that each day in Catholic tradition countries is devoted to one (or several) saint(s). A change made by clerical authorities (in 1960) "moved" a lot of saints from the day they were worshiped to another one, more historically appropriate, and even suppressed some whose real life hadn't been proved. But lore had many meteorological sayings referring to saints, ie to "their" own day, so they can be un-understandable now... Those "ice saints" are rather observed at the North of the Loire river, the climate being sweeter in the South of France, where there are other sayings of the same kind.
So, before those changes, 11th, 12th and 13th of May were devoted to Saint Mamert, Saint Pancrace and Saint Servais (sometimes mixed-up with Saint Gervais). Those days are said to be often exceptionally cold, even freezing at night, being a threat to fruit trees in the bloom. In French the words are saints de glace.
Wikipedia quote Rabelais who already wrote, "saints gresleurs, geleurs et gasteurs de bourgeons" ("grailer, freezer and buds-spoiler saints").
Sometimes a fourth "ice saint" is added to the list, Saint Urbain (May 23rd).
All the same, the "red moon" (lune rousse), is the first full moon after Easter Day. If that night is cloudless (and it's usually is), it can freeze the flowers on trees and destroy further fruits.


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