Daily Calendar for June 11th, 2014

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The Old Farmer's Almanac daily calendar gives you quick reference for the significant events on any day throughout the year.

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Ember Days

Upcoming Ember Days are May 18, 20, and 21. The Almanac traditionally marks the four periods observed by some Christian denominations for prayer, fasting, and the ordination of clergy. Four times a year, around the beginnings of the four natural seasons, these Ember Days are each kept on a successive Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. The word ember is perhaps a corruption of the Latin quatuor tempora,meaning "four times." The first set of Ember Days comes after the Feast of St. Lucia, December 13; the second set comes with the First Sunday in Lent; the third set comes after Whitsunday/Pentecost Sunday; the four and last set comes after the Feast of the Holy Cross, September 14. Their dates can be remembered by this old mnemonic: "Sant Crux, Lucia, Cineres, Charismata Dia Ut sit in angaria quarta sequens feria." Which means: "Holy Cross, Lucy, Ash Wednesday, Pentecost, are when the quarter holidays follow." Folklore has it that the weather on each of the three days foretells the weather for three successive months. For example, in the case of May: Wednesday, May 18, foretells the weather of June; May 20, foretells the weather of July; May 21, foretells the weather of August.As with much folklore, this is grounded in some common sense since the beginning of the four seasons cue the changes in weather as well as a shift in how we keep harmony with the Earth and respect our stewardship of the Earth, our "garden of Eden."

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