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.
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.
The Jezza generation is determined to recapture the success of those halcyon days.
Halcyon Days star Ellie looked like she was enjoying some halcyon days of her own on holiday in the Mediterranean with her latest beau Casper Jopling.
Those halcyon days are gone And won't come back; today the roadways rule.
Having six rides on the same card for the first time saw a return of two winners for Jamie Hamilton as the Hawick-born conditional completed a double on Master Of Finance and Halcyon Days.
and SM Cares Program on Senior Citizen Affairs, was an exhibit of golden memorabilia and old possessions of senior citizens to provide a glimpse of halcyon days, the genteel and gentle past as reminder of a vanishing lifestyle to the young ones.
Stan was a throwback to the halcyon days of football when wingers were just that.
I din't know about you but the coalition years now seems like Utopian halcyon days of stability and good sense to me.
Those halcyon days are long gone and are now little more than a distant memory," he said.