You will know by now that I am partial to a beautiful sunset, particularly if it is one which can be enjoyed from the comfort of my own garden, preferably with a glass of Prosecco or Bulmers in hand.
To our ancient Irish ancestors, sunset was considered the start of the day, not the end of it. They certainly considered the sun as an important source of energy, not only in practical terms with regard to the seasons and growth of crops, but perhaps also in mystical and ritual terms.
The darkest time of year, the winter, when the sun is at its lowest and weakest, was the start of their year, in the way that the dark of night began their day.
Their four major festivals, Imbolc (Feb 1st), Bealtaine (May 1st), Lughnasadh (Aug 1st) and Samhain (Nov 1st), celebrated the turning of the seasons with the lighting of huge fires, perhaps in honour of the life-giving warmth and energy of the sun.
The sun’s movements also gave rise to four other sacred occasions on the Irish Celtic calender; both equinoxes, when day and night are thought to be of equal length, and the solstices, when the sun reaches its highest and lowest position in the sky.
I was nominated to take part in this photo challenge by Sue Vincent, who takes the most beautiful images and always has a story to tell about them. I would like to nominate author and poet most extraordinaire, Jane Dougherty, to take part in this challenge.
The rules of the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge are:
1) Post a photo each day for five consecutive days.
2) Attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or a short paragraph. It’s entirely up to the individual.
3) Nominate another blogger to carry on the challenge. Your nominee is free to accept or decline the invitation. This is fun, not a command performance!