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Today Is Sinhala New Year 2021 — Happy New Year To YOU.

by Anura Guruge

Closest Google came to doing a Doodle for Sinhala New Year. They invariably overlook it. The Bengali New Year has similar roots.

What can I say, other than ‘Happy New Year‘. SMILE.

This year the Sinhala New Year kind of escaped I. I knew it was either today or tomorrow. But, I only got the chance to check TODAY. By then it was already New Year in Sri Lanka. C’est la vie.

But, Happy New Year.

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Last Time Easter Was On April 4, As In 2021, Was In 2010 — 11-Years Ago.

by Anura Guruge

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When Easter has fallen & will fall.

Frequency of the year gaps between Easter on the same day.

Note that 11-years is the most common — & the ’11’ here has to do with the 7-days in a week coupled with leap-years every 4-years.

This table from

Easter, your quintessential ‘movable feast’ can fall between March 22 (since it HAS to be after the Spring Equinox) and April 25 (i.e., essentially the 28-day lunar month).

So, this year’s April 4 Easter is towards the start of that range — actually quite early. Easter on April 4 hasn’t happened that often, though we have had it happen 3-times in 23-years.

April 4 is my eldest daughter’s birthday. She was born in 1989. So, she has had Easter on her birthday 3-times, counting this year

Easter is next Sunday.

Last time Easter was on a Sunday was last year. SMILE.

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2021 Spring Equinox In New Hampshire: Saturday, March 20 at 05:37 am (Eastern); 09:37 Greenwich.

by Anura Guruge

Happy Spring Equinox 2021.

[It is also called the Vernal Equinox
— that being the Latin for ‘Spring’.]

I also share with you “Spring“.
In this case the ‘2021 Spring Festival Gala’ from China.

Please enjoy.

Sunrise/Sunset for New Hampshire as of the
2021 Spring Equinox.

Notice that it is NOT EXACTLY 12 hours of sunlight on the Equinox.
That is mainly because we are so good at measuring time.
It has to do with the so called precession of the Earth’s axis.
Our rotation WOBBLES like a spinning top.

From, of course (where else), ‘‘.

Click to ENLARGE and view here.
Use link below for original.

Click here for the ‘’ original.

Yes, we are USED to the Spring Equinox being on March 20 (or 21).

Click to ENLARGE. Also from ‘’.

It being on March 19 last year was EARLY.

As is my custom let me also please share some
catching ‘Allegories of Spring’
— Allegories of Spring a tradition
going back to at least the Renaissance.

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My Hand Painted 2021 Valentine’s Day Card By Teischan (14).

by Anura Guruge

I had no idea that she had made us all some of her quintessential hand painted cards. I thought she was too busy with her new puppy & a LARGE canvas that she has been working on his Christmas. She likes her cards to be surprises. This one was indeed a very pleasant surprise. Suffice to say it made my day. She is a treasure. SMILE.

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2021 Chinese New Year On February 12 Is ‘Late’ — But It Can Be Even Later.

by Anura Guruge

Chinese New Year
2000 to 2026.

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The Chinese New Year is a lunar calendar-based holiday.

The Chinese New Year starts on the day after the 2nd NEW MOON after the December Winter Solstice.

So, Chinese New Year 2021 starts Friday, February 12 as you can see from the Featured Image.

It can fall later DEPENDING on when the December New Moon was.

As you can see from the image above, it has — or can — fall later than February 12. OK?

Happy Chinese New Year 2021

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Wishing YOU A Happy Chinese New Year 2021 – ‘Year Of The Ox’; February 12.

by Anura Guruge

So, Chinese New Year 2021 starts Friday, February 12. A week from now. (That is a bit late, BUT still well within the bounds).

The celebrations can last up to 16-days.

The Chinese New Year starts following the 2nd NEW MOON after the December Winter Solstice.

BUT, this year, ALAS, things are so different.

I cannot get over it. I am NOT even thinking of going to Boston Chinatown for Dim Sum & the Dragon Parades. Wow.

We went last year though COVID was beginning to make its presence felt. But, I noticed & commented that there were hardly any masks. I was, THEN, glad. Things are different. Can’t remember the last time, prior to this year, that we will NOT be going down to Chinatown. We couldn’t go, 6 or 7 years ago, because there was a BLIZZARD in Boston that Sunday. Other than that, we have NOT missed Chinese New Year in decades!

Last year in Boston Chinatown, on February 2. Click image to see the 36 pictures.

We ALSO, as we had been doing annually for 6- or 7-years, went to the UNH ‘Confucius Institute’ Chinese New Year Event — on January 28. Yes, we were slightly concerned about COVID (though it wasn’t called as such then), BUT we wanted to show our solidarity to our friends at the Institute.

And now this year. I am crushed.

Happy Chinese New Year 2021

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London’s Spectacular Welcome To 2021, With Lasers, Fireworks & Drones — Must Watch.

by Anura Guruge

Given that I still think of the U.K. as HOME, I always make a point of watching THE Queen’s Christmas Speech & London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks.

This year’s show BLEW me away. I was SO, SO proud. Wow.

Yes, I have since read that some folks did NOT like it. Thought it was too political. I had NO issues. I thought it was on the mark.

Well, YOU have to watch it.

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When You Are Too Poor To Own An Ice Bucket Or Afford Expensive Champagne (Irrespective Of Stimuli Checks).

by Anura Guruge

Well, what can I say?

$2,000 stimulus checks would have helped. I could have got more expensive champagne.

The truth be known, I have drunk way too much good champagne over my life. I am trying to cut back. First champagne I have had in 13-months! That is quite an achievement for a ‘alchy’ that used to drink champagne daily. SMILE.

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