Halcyon Days


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halcyon days

[′hal·sē·ən ¦dāz]
(meteorology)
A period of fine weather.

Halcyon Days

December 14-28
The ancient Greeks called the seven days preceding and the seven days following the Winter Solstice the "Halcyon Days." According to one legend, the halcyon bird, or kingfisher, nested during this period. Because she built her nest on the water, the gods granted her a respite from storms and high seas so that she could hatch and rear her young.
But Greek mythology has it that Halcyone (or Alcyone), Ceyx's wife and one of Aeolus's daughters, drowned herself when she learned her husband had drowned. The gods took pity on her and transformed them both into kingfishers, and Zeus commanded the seas to be still during these days. Thus it was considered a period when sailors could navigate in safety.
Today, the expression "halcyon days" has come to mean a period of tranquillity, often used as a nostalgic reference to times past.
SOURCES:
BkDays-1864, vol. II, p. 726
DictFolkMyth-1984, p. 475
OxYear-1999, p. 499
References in classic literature ?
Anne spent a fortnight of halcyon days at Echo Lodge in the golden prime of August.
As for Owen Ford, the "Margaret" of his book, although she had the soft brown hair and elfin face of the real girl who had vanished so long ago, "pillowed where lost Atlantis sleeps," had the personality of Leslie Moore, as it was revealed to him in those halcyon days at Four Winds Harbor.
In fact, those will be halcyon days. Of course there is no guaranteeing (this is my comment) that it will not be, for instance, frightfully dull then (for what will one have to do when everything will be calculated and tabulated), but on the other hand everything will be extraordinarily rational.
Even a tramp, in those halcyon days, could get most frequently drunk.
He had been a pioneer in California, and could narrate many a strange tale of fortunes made and fortunes lost in those wild, halcyon days. He had been a scout too, and a trapper, a silver explorer, and a ranchman.
uk,is crammed with pictures of Colwyn Bay's halcyon days.
HALCYON days of a grand theatre in Nuneaton during the 1900s are being remembered at the town's Riversley Park Museum and Art Gallery.
Lawrence Dallaglio and his England side enter the self-styled Venue of Legends in search of a first Grand Slam since the halcyon days of Will Carling and company.
That is sad for those of us who remember the halcyon days when it seemed only the Tykes or Surrey were capable of lifting the game's top prize.
HAVERFORDWEST'S fifth league match without defeat has lifted them up to fifth spot and halcyon days from 2003-05 when they finished third and fourth and qualified for Europe could be on the way back.
Those halcyon days are long gone - but the club regularly field three senior sides and have a growing junior section.
Mind you, there were times in halcyon days of yore when I did end up on the menus of a number of very attractive ladies.