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“We have given you, O Adam, no visage proper to yourself, nor endowment properly your own, in order that whatever place, whatever form, whatever gifts you may, with premeditation, select, these same you may have and possess through your own judgement and decision […] We have made you a creature neither of heaven nor of earth, neither mortal nor immortal, in order that you may, as the free and proud shaper of your own being, fashion yourself in the form you may prefer.”
Oration on the Dignity of Man – Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

Chestnut Party and astronomy

published on 31 10 2019

The Catalan Chestnut Party and the Christian All Saints’ Day, the Halloween of the Anglo-Saxons, the Sanheim of the Celts, and the Roman Pomona festival are the same celebration with different appearance. The diversity of autumn products we consume during these days, with very diverse geographical origins, is further evidence of the syncretism of traditions. And behind, as often, is the seasonal cycle. All Saints falls halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice, just when the cold comes.