Egg Nog


Egg Nog, Egg Nogg, Eierlikör

***** Location: USA, other countries
***** Season: Winter
***** Category: Humanity


Eggnog (eggs beaten with sugar, milk or cream, and some kind of alchohol)
It is a traditional holiday drink reserved almost exclusivly for Christmas and New Year's parties.
Michael Baribeau


Egg-flip, Egg-hot, Egg-nogg:
The History of Egg Nog

From Buckingham Palace to the White House to New England homes everywhere, toasting the holidays with egg nog is a custom rich in tradition. Historically, egg nog is first mentioned in the early part of the seventeenth century as a beverage used to toast one's health.

Many believe that eggnog is a tradition that was brought to America from Europe. This is partially true. Eggnog is related to various milk and wine punches that had been concocted long ago in the "Old World". However, in America a new twist was put on the theme. Rum was used in the place of wine. In Colonial America, rum was commonly called "grog", so the name eggnog is likely derived from the very descriptive term for this drink, "egg-and-grog", which corrupted to egg'n'grog and soon to eggnog. At least this is one version...

Other experts would have it that the "nog" of eggnog comes from the word "noggin". A noggin was a small, wooden, carved mug. It was used to serve drinks at table in taverns (while drinks beside the fire were served in tankards). It is thought that eggnog started out as a mixture of Spanish "Sherry" and milk. The English called this concoction "Dry sack posset". It is very easy to see how an egg drink in a noggin could become eggnog.

Eggnog, in the 1800s was nearly always made in large quantities and nearly always used as a social drink. It was commonly served at holiday parties and it was noted by an English visitor in 1866, "Christmas is not properly observed unless you brew egg nogg for all comers; everybody calls on everybody else; and each call is celebrated by a solemn egg-nogging...It is made cold and is drunk cold and is to be commended."

Our first President, George Washington, was quite a fan of eggnog and devised his own recipe that included rye whiskey, rum and sherry. It was reputed to be a stiff drink that only the most courageous were willing to try.

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Advocaat, Adwokaat, Egg Flip, Egg Nog, Eier Cognac
A creamy sweet drink known widely, the common elements being egg yolks, sugar and high-proof alcohols.

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The most famous was the Advocaat.
Advocaat is a dutch liqueur, made from a rich and creamy blend of unpasteurised egg yolks, sugar, aromatic spirits, and grape brandy with a hint of vanilla. It has a distinctive smooth yellow consistency with a strength akin to fortified wine.
This is not to be an advertisement, just an information about a German custom to drink this during Christmas times.

We had special wide glasses with a short stem, a heirloom from Grandmother, to lick it off leisurely. These glasses were packed away after January 6, when the Christmas season was over.
We also have special Eierlikör cakes and cockies and other kinds of cocktail drinks.

There is even a mix with Japanese tea "sencha" and egg nog aroma, bee pollen, malve flowers, sunflowers and orange flowers, which to my palate sounds terrible.
... www.tee-katalog.de/

Things found on the way

Eggnog, a Haibun

Everyone in the department brings their seasonal food for the daybefore the end of the year holiday break. There are dishes fromIndia, Africa, China, Brazil, Germany, France, England, Denmark,Italy, and America. I am ashamed to say I went through the line morethan once!

rum is not allowed
at the office

... WHChaibun


egg nog-
dogs bark
at the television

Kate Steere


everyone stops to watch
the toddler's first sip

Why? The stuff tastes nasty, that's why!:-)

Michael Baribeau

Related words

***** . Hot and Cold Drinks - SAIJIKI




Emperor's Birthday, Japan


Emperor's Birthday (tennoo tanjoobi)

***** Location: Japan
***** Season: Various, see below
***** Category: Observance


The date of this special day varies with the change of each emperor.

The Saijiki lists it as a kigo for late spring (it was April 29)

tennoo tanjoobi 天皇誕生日 (てんのうたんじょうび)
Emperor's Birthday (Hirohito (1926 - 1989)
..... Tenchoosetsu 天長節(てんちょうせつ) 

koogoo tanjoobi 皇后誕生日 (こうごうたんじょうび)
Empress's birthday (Koojun, 19023 - 2000 香淳皇后)
..... chikyuusetsu 地久節(ちきゅうせつ) 
kigo for mid-spring

The present empress, Michiko, has her birthday on October 20, 1934.

Akihito and Michiko

The Emperor's Birthday (天皇誕生日, Tennō tanjōbi) is a national holiday in the Japanese calendar. It is currently celebrated on 23 December. The date is determined by the present Emperor's birthdate.Emperor Akihito was born on this date in 1933.

During the reign of Hirohito (Showa period, 1926–1989), the Emperor's birthday was observed on 29 April.
29 April remained a public holiday, posthumously renamed Greenery Day in 1989 and Showa Day in 2007.

Previous to World War II, it was called Tenchōsetsu (天長節), or Emperor's Birthday, but after the war the new government renamed it Tennō tanjōbi, or "The Emperor's Birthday", in 1948, when it was established as a holiday by law. Under the law, the Diet of Japan must convene and change the holiday date before the reigning emperor's birthday becomes a public holiday. Thus, there exists a small chance that the former emperor's birthday may come before the change can be made.

On 23 December, a public ceremony takes place at the Imperial Palace which, usually off limits to the public, opens its gates. The Emperor, accompanied by Empress Michiko and several other members of the Imperial family, appears on a palace balcony to acknowledge the birthday congratulations of crowds of festive well-wishers waving tiny Japanese flags. Only on this occasion and on 2 January may the general public enter the inner grounds of the Imperial Palace.

When the Emperor ceases his greeting (however brief), the crowd starts waving the flags again and the Imperial Family wave back.
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- Shared by Hayato Tokugawa
Joys of Japan, February 2012


kigo for mid-winter

December 23rd is the Emperor of Japan's Birthday (Akihito). This is a National holiday in Japan. The Japanese trace the lineage of their Emperors back for over 2 thousand years.

Called tenno no tanjobi, the national holiday changes as each new Emperor takes power in Japan. The previous Emperor's birthday often becomes a new special holiday.
For example, Emperor Meiji, the Emperor who took power at age 15 and whose policies were the subject of the rebellion in The Last Samurai, had his birthday on
November 3rd. That is now Culture Day (bunka no hi).
(kigo for early winter)

Emperor Akihito was born on December 23, 1933. He had four older sisters, but as the first born male, he was first in line for the throne.

According to tradition, he was taken from his family when he turned 3 and was raised by tutors and nurses. However, unlike previous royalty who were strictly kept apart from all "normal people", Akihito was in fact sent to school with regular children so he would understand better their plight and needs. He was only in grade school during World War II.

In 1959, Akihito decided to ask Michiko Shoda to marry him. Many were shocked at this, as Shoda was not an aristocrat. The family brought even more modernity into their lives when they chose to raise their 3 children at home with them, instead of sending them off into the hands of others.
In 2003, Emperor Akihito turned 70 years old.


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Meiji Jinguu Sai 明治神宮祭 (めいじじんぐうさい)
Meiji Shrine Festival
kigo for early winter, November 3

In honor of the birthday of Meiji Tenno 明治天皇.

A grand solemn Shinto ceremony is held to commemorate the anniversary of Emperor Meiji's birthday. During the ceremony, Yoyogi-no-Mai is performed.

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Yoyogi-no-mai 豊寿舞 ("Dance of Yoyogi")
The words were written by emperor Meiji:

Inquire into what befalls
Through ancient history.
And render clear the many doubts
That puzzle men today!

(That means, developing new ideas based on study of the past.)

source : Meiji Jingu HP

Toyohogi no mai 豊寿舞(とよほぎのまい)
Yoyogi 代々木


Some other festivals at Shrine Meiji Jingu

Jan. 7 Musashino-Goryo-Yohaishiki
Emperor Showa Memorial Day rite

Feb. 11 Kigensai
National Foundation Day festival

Mar. 20 or 21 (vernal equinox) Koreiden-Yohaishiki
Paying respect towards the Imperial Palace sanctuary Koreiden
(also on the autumn equinox, September 23)

April 3 Unebiyama-Yohaishiki
Emperor Jinmu Memorial Day rite

April 11 Shoken-Kotaigo-Sai
Empress Shoken Memorial Ceremony

May 5 or 6 (Rikka, first day of summer) Onzosai
Ceremony of the changing of the divine robes

July 30 Meiji-Tenno-Sai
Emperor Meiji Memorial Ceremony

First Sunday in October
Ningyo-Kanshasai Festival

Oct. 18 or 19 Keneihikoshiki 献詠披講式
Ceremonial recital of poems

Nov. 1 Chinzakinensai
Meiji Jingu Enshrinement Anniversary Ceremony

Nov. 7 or 8 (Ritto, first day of winter) Onzosai
Ceremony of the changing of the divine robes

Nov. 23 Niinamesai : Harvest Ceremony

Dec. 23 Tenchosai
Celebration of the current Emperor's birthday

Meiji Shrine
dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken.
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English HP of the shrine:
source : www.meijijingu.or.jp

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Things found on the way


aku-oo mo bon-oo mo ori tennoo tanjoobi

some kings are bad
some kings are normal -
emperor's birthday

Kanzemi 寒蝉


birthday kisses -
the lingering taste
of honey

November 3, birthday of Gabi Greve


Emperor's Birthday--
when time honoured traditions
join past to present

Patrick Duffey
source : my facebook friends

Related words

***** Birthday (tanjoobi)

***** . bunka no hi 文化の日 culture day

Meijisetsu 明治節(めいじせつ)Meiji seasonal festival
bunkasai 文化祭(ぶんかさい)
Third of November, a national holiday

***** . "Ten thousand years 萬歳 10000 years"  

***** . Memorial Days of Famous People



Earth Day

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Earth Day

***** Location: Worldwide
***** Season: Spring (April 22)
***** Category: Observance


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How the First Earth Day Came About
By Senator Gaylord Nelson, Founder of Earth Day

What was the purpose of Earth Day? How did it start? These are the questions I am most frequently asked.

Actually, the idea for Earth Day evolved over a period of seven years starting in 1962. For several years, it had been troubling me that the state of our environment was simply a non-issue in the politics of the country. Finally, in November 1962, an idea occurred to me that was, I thought, a virtual cinch to put the environment into the political "limelight" once and for all. The idea was to persuade President Kennedy to give visibility to this issue by going on a national conservation tour. I flew to Washington to discuss the proposal with Attorney General Robert Kennedy, who liked the idea. So did the President.

The President began his five-day, eleven-state conservation tour in September 1963. For many reasons the tour did not succeed in putting the issue onto the national political agenda. However, it was the germ of the idea that ultimately flowered into Earth Day.

Earth Day worked because of the spontaneous response at the grassroots level. We had neither the time nor resources to organize 20 million demonstrators and the thousands of schools and local communities that participated. That was the remarkable thing about Earth Day. It organized itself.

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Earth Day is a time to celebrate gains we have made and create new visions to accelerate environmental progress. Earth Day is a time to unite around new actions. Earth Day and every day is a time to act to protect our planet.

On the anniversary of the first Earth Day in 1970, the federal government is cleaning the air, promoting land conservation, and improving water quality.

Earthday.gov is a cooperative effort across the entire U.S. government.


Welcome to Earth Day 2006 Online.

Worldwide use

google logo Japan, April 22, 2012

google logo Japan, April 22, 2013

aasu dii アースデイ earth day

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Things found on the way


earth day
watching mountains
of debris grow

Earth day in our little township has been named as the "big trash pickup day" and there are huge piles of old furniture and other trash being piled on the curbs all up and down the street.

a black tomcat
on the broken sofa
eating leftovers

planting tomatos
under the dead pear tree
where is the shade?

picnic at the park
picking up someone's napkins
before lunch

cold sandwiches
and watermelon

Brenda Roberts, USA


Laka of the forest
celebrated by the hula
earthdays motions

Shanna Moore, Hawaii


Earth Day morning
the robin
turns her eggs

Linda Papanicolaou, USA


the fallow land
soaks up the rain
before the sun

yajushi, India


earth day -
baby hummingbirds
show their peaks



earth day --
the darkness inside
leaf veins

- Shared by Stella Pierides -
Joys of Japan, 2012


Earth Day---
a snake disappears
behind an apple tree

- Shared by Fred Masarani -
Joys of Japan, 2012


Earth Day -
dandelions take over
the side yard

Earth Day -
dandelion fluff
in the wind

- Shared by Elaine Andre -
Joys of Japan, 2013


Earth Day-
I give a bird feeder
to a friend

Angelee Deodhar

Related words

***** . Trash, garbage, trash day .

***** ..... - World Days - ..... a growing list





***** Location: Christian Communities
***** Season: Late Spring
***** Category: Observance


fukkatsu-sai 復活祭り Easter
iisutaa イースター

is not very common in Japan, in contrast to Christmas, which has its definite place in Japanese seasonal events.

fukkatsusetsu, fukkatsu setsu 復活節(ふっかつせつ)
sugikoshi matsuri 渝越祭(すぎこしまつり)

iisutaa horidii イースターホリデー Easter holidays
iisutaa ririi イースターリリー Easter Lily

iisutaa eggu イースターエッグ Easter egg
sometamago 染卵(そめたまご)colored egg
.... irotamago, iro tamago 彩卵(いろたまご)

iisuta kaado イースターカード Easter greeting card

pasuka パスカ、pasuha パスハ、paaku パーク Pashka
Russian Easter cheese dessert.
"paskha" is pronounced as "pahs-hah" with the stress on the first syllable.

shiroki nichiyoobi 白き日曜日 (しろきにちようび)
White Sunday, one week after Easter, Dominica in albis

Weisser Sonntag
byakui no jujitsu 白衣の主日(びゃくいのしゅじつ)
hikui jujitsu 低い主日(ひくいしゅじつ)"small Easter"
byakui no doyoobi 白衣の土曜日(びゃくいのどようび)
White Saturday / Weisser Samstag


April 3, 1988 file photo.
(© AP Photo/Vatican, Arturo Mari)



Easter is a festival of overwhelming joy. The joy that celebrates life. Or, rather, the victory of life over death. But does it have any historic background. Did life really overcame death? Most important, why Jesus is so remembered on Easter? And why those funny stuffs like eggs, and bunnies came to be mixed up with those ideas? Also who brought all those customs on the soil of America?

To know read on the following :
#1. Easter history
#2. roots of Easter in America
#3. the story of Resurrection
#4. Easter in other parts of the world
#5. Journey thru The holy Week
#6. History and Origin Of Easter Icons !



Easter Recipes and Crafts
Easter Clipart - Bunnies and Baskets
Have Some Fun With Easter Eggs

A lot more is here:

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påske = Easter
The "å" is a letter used in Denmark, Sweden and Norway. It's pronounced a bit like the "o" in more. Untill 1955 it was written "aa" though its history can be traced back to the 1300's.

Just like Christmas Easter goods start showing up in the shops in Denmark a month or so early. And it's usually Easter eggs and rabbits etc. made from chocolate. Like in so many other Christian cultures eggs are eaten at the traditional Påskefrokoster (Easter lunches) along with fish and lamb.

It's a holiday with a steadily decreasing/meaning/content/significance as Christianity (the "official" religion - you can be a priest in "our" church without believing in God, The Virgin Birth etc. (?!!!) really doesn't matter much to people under 50. An average Dane probably wouldn't know what Easter is about - let alone Pentecost - besides it meaning a few days off work and a couple of lunches with the opportunity to get drunk ...

det evige lys kommer
med chokolade

easter egg
the eternal light comes
with chocolate

- Shared by Johannes S. H. Bjerg
Joys of Japan, 2012



Children go looking for the easter eggs that parents and the ominous Easter Bunny (Osterhase) have hidden in the garden. This is one of my fodest Easter Memories.
Also we have this saying:

Wenn die Nonnen
Eier suchen in den Klostern,
ist Ostern.

Gabi Greve

Der Osterhase The Easter Bunny
ist heute als österlicher Eierbringer bekannt. Erste Belege für den Osterhasen aus dem Jahre 1678 sind von Georg Franck von Franckenau, einem Medizinprofessor aus Heidelberg überliefert. Vor über dreihundert Jahren ist der Brauch im Elsaß, in der Pfalz und am Oberrhein entstanden. Die Verbindung zwischen Ostern und Osterhase kann auf verschiedene Arten erklärt werden.

This story and the related customs started in the year 1678 in Heidelberg, Germany.



Hungarians girls dressed in their Sunday best run away as boys try to pour water on them during traditional Easter celebrations in Holloko, March 27, 2005. Locals from the World Heritage village of Holloko, northeast Hungary, celebrated Easter with the traditional 'watering of the girls,' a fertility ritual rooted in Hungarian tribes' pre-Christian past, going at least as far back as the second century after Christ.

REUTERS/ © Laszlo Balog



sunrise service
Easter lilies abound
among the graves

Easter vigil
incense wafts into
the wooden reredos

Angelee Deodhar

sunrise service is a worship service on Easter practised by many Protestantchurches, replacing the traditional, ancient Easter Vigil preserved by the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran churches.
The service takes place outdoors, sometimes in a park, and the attenders are seated on outdoor chairs or benches.
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The rubrics of the Missale Romanum remind us that this “mother of all vigils” is the “greatest and most noble of all solemnities and it is to be unique in every single Church” (Missale Romanum, “Rubrics for the Easter Vigil” (EV), no.2). On this holy night, the Church keeps watch, celebrating the resurrection of Christ in the sacraments and awaiting his return in glory. Ilhe Vigil, by its very nature, “ought to take place at night” (EV, no. 3). It is not begun before nightfall1and should end before daybreak on Easter Sunday. The celebration of the Easter Vigil takes the place of the Office of Readings (EV, no. 5).
source : www.usccb.org

A reredos or raredos is an altarpiece, or a screen or decoration behind thealtar in a church, usually depicting religious iconography or images.
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Bunny sushi

- Shared by Hayato Tokugawa
Joys of Japan, 2012



Much associated with spring time in the Northern hemisphere -- and with the start of the long rains in Kenya. I remember one year, when drought had reigned for a long time, with not a drop of out-of-season rain... as I walked to church for the Good Friday Service, under a blue and cloudless sky, the first drop of rain fell, seemingly out of nowhere...ン and another, and another, each heavier than the last... before I had walked another 100 metres, I had to run from the downpour... arrived in the church building wet! That was a real blessing.

Isabelle Prondzynski



... in the Roman Catholic Church in Poland, the so-called święconka, i.e. blessing of decorative baskets with a sampling of Easter eggs and other symbolic foods, is one of the most enduring and beloved Polish traditions on Holy Saturday.

Polish pisanka (plural pisanki) is a common name for an egg (usually that of a chicken, although goose or duck eggs are also used) ornamented using various techniques. Originating as a pagan tradition, pisanki were absorbed by Christianity to become the traditional Easter egg. Pisanki are now considered to symbolise the revival of nature and the hope that Christians gain from faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

There are various types of pisanki, based on the technique and preparation used:
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egg moon...
we wait
for sunrise

- Shared by Pat Geyer -
Haiku Culture Magazine, 2013



My Easter memories are of new clothes. The children were given new spring clothes for Easter. It was a Canadian custom, although I'm sure not everyone could do it. Most of my friends did receive new clothes. That and an Easter egg hunt of course...and Easter bonnets..special hats worn to Church. Certainly everyone decked out their children extra special on Easter Sunday. And we boiled many eggs to die in pastel colors. Now, we are more apt to hide plastic eggs filled with chocolates.

Carole MacRury



In Russia it is an old tradition to boil eggs in onion peel in order to color them for Easter.
When the eggs are colored and chilled adversaries pick their eggs and hit them against each other. The goal is to break the shell of your opponents egg without breaking your own. If you succeed you can make a wish.

egg fight
your wish
under my shell

Natalia Rudychev

Things found on the way

An ecclesiastical full moon is formally the 14th day of the ecclesiastical lunar month (an ecclesiastical moon) in an ecclesiastical lunar calendar.

The ecclesiastical Full Moon is defined to occur on a particular date and festivals related to it use the same date in their own local time zone. In the case of choosing a date on which to celebrate Easter, church groupings use a set of tables to define the date of the Paschal Full Moon (an ecclesiastical Full Moon) and thus the Sunday following it which is celebrated as Easter.
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ecclesiastical Full Moon
white lilies glow whiter
around the grotto

Angelee Deodhar
India, Spring 2013


queen of the night -
star in the window
on Good Friday

Alex Serban, Romania

. . . . .

Good Friday night
under a table the boy
eating Easter eggs

Chen-ou Liu, Canada

Kigo Hotline, 2011


easter monday picnic
the reformed nailbiter
eats ladyfingers

susan delphine delaney md plano, texas, usa


Easter service -
a bee buzzes among
the new bonnets

Easter egg hunt -
a crow pecks at
a plastic egg

Carole MacRury


Mir ist zu Ostern auch ein Haiku "zugefallen":
This is a haiku that came to me at Easter:

englische Suite von Bach
blauer Veilchenduft

spring morning light
suite music of Bach
blue scent of violets
(Tr. Gabi Greve)



colorful eggs
on my monitor -
paper on the screeen

Gabi Greve, 2006
. Look at the Washi Eggs, Japanese Paper Eggs .


Easter Sunday
(also Resurrection Day or Resurrection Sunday)

April rain
after the resurrection

kenneth daniels
2010 (Guyana )


easter eggs -
my Daruma smiles
on each one

Daruma smiles -
East meets West
on Easter eggs

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Painted by the kids of our local village school in Ohaga.

. MORE - Daruma on Eggs .


a torching procession
slowly asncending the hill -
blazing prayer

finally at Golgotha -
everyone shields his
flame with his hand

silents bells -
the boys' wooden clappers
summon us to Mass

a candle illluminates
the singer's voice

Easter bonfire...
in front of the church, a flame
burns in every hearth

Easter eggs -
smiling children with
colored facesd

- Shared by Tomislav Maretic -
Haiku Culture Magazine, 2013

Related words

***** Easter Bunny, Easter Eggs, Easter Egg Hunt,
Easter Basket, Easter Day



The season of Lent is a 40-day period of fasting and prayer, which leads up to the great feast of Christ's resurrection, Easter, in the Christian calendar.
. shishunsetsu 四旬節 (しじゅんせつ) lent  
Passionszeit, Fastenzeit


Palm Sunday--
I make a rope out of
three leaves


. Palm Sunday in Kenya .  

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snowy morning -
carrying an olive twig
toward the church

cornel branches
strolling on the paths -
a village church

early morning -
ablution in wildflowers before
Palm Sunday Mass

The custom in some part of Croatia and Bosnia&Herzegovina is to wash up the face early morning before Palm Sunday Mass.

- Shared by Tomislav Maretic -
Haiku Culture Magazine, 2013

chill Palm Sunday-
a gust of wind
raises a dead leaf

Eugen Posa, Romania

Palm Sunday
the callouses on my palms
after I mop the floor

Ella Wagemakers


Pentecost (Pfingsten) and more

. Christian Celebrations in Japanese Kigo  


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