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Winter festivities

Post by tiagolps » Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:33 pm

So, what/how do you all celebrate on the winter time? Christmas with christian family? More pagan roots with Yule/saturnalia type feast? Or nothing at all?

How do you connect this festive season with dharma? I like the idea of celebrating the winter solstice. Any practice associated with this particular date in, for example the tibetan calendar?
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Re: Winter festivities

Post by Queequeg » Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:59 pm

We celebrate New Years. Traditionally, New Year was celebrated on the Chinese lunar calendar, but in modern times, the holiday has been synced to the Gregorian Calendar. New Year marks the renewal of the year and the beginning of Spring when the world starts to come back to life. In Japan, New Year's is the biggest holiday of the year.
New Year’s Day marks the first day, the first month, the beginning of the year, and the start of spring. A person who celebrates this day will accumulate virtue and be loved by all, just as the moon becomes full gradually, moving from west to east, and as the sun shines more brightly, traveling from east to west.
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Re: Winter festivities

Post by tiagolps » Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:16 pm

Queequeg wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:59 pm
We celebrate New Years. Traditionally, New Year was celebrated on the Chinese lunar calendar, but in modern times, the holiday has been synced to the Gregorian Calendar.
Well the Tibetan new year is around February ... :tongue: It was never synced to the Gregorian because the Tibetan calendar is important for tibetan astrology.
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Fully possessing the om and the soha,
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Re: Winter festivities

Post by DGA » Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:47 pm

tiagolps wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:33 pm
So, what/how do you all celebrate on the winter time?
drinking

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Re: Winter festivities

Post by tiagolps » Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:56 pm

DGA wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:47 pm
tiagolps wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:33 pm
So, what/how do you all celebrate on the winter time?
drinking
:cheers:
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Enjoy the domain of the tranquil nirvana.
Fully possessing the om and the soha,
You overcome even the greatest of evils.

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Re: Winter festivities

Post by Queequeg » Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:23 pm

DGA wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:47 pm
tiagolps wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:33 pm
So, what/how do you all celebrate on the winter time?
drinking
Just the winter time? I find it is appropriate to celebrate with the Water of Life whenever it is appropriate.
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Re: Winter festivities

Post by DGA » Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:44 pm

Queequeg wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:23 pm
DGA wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:47 pm
tiagolps wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:33 pm
So, what/how do you all celebrate on the winter time?
drinking
Just the winter time? I find it is appropriate to celebrate with the Water of Life whenever it is appropriate.
I'm a year-round drinker but no one asked about spring, summer, or fall

winter is time for bourbon and rye. Or well-aged, fruity reds. I like the booze that gives teenagers the worst hangovers

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Re: Winter festivities

Post by Queequeg » Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:16 pm

DGA wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:44 pm
I'm a year-round drinker but no one asked about spring, summer, or fall

winter is time for bourbon and rye. Or well-aged, fruity reds. I like the booze that gives teenagers the worst hangovers
I'm partial to the ryes - year round. These days my go to is Michters. I don't even need to go out of my way to buy it anymore - my amazing wife restocks when I run low! What's your whisk(e)y of choice?

And, staying on topic, rye is a great way to keep the belly warm when the cold descends. :thumbsup:
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Re: Winter festivities

Post by jkarlins » Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:00 pm

Usually a lhasang, various sadhanas. I set up a little Santa shrine somewhere. I have developed quite the Santa collection over the years.

More offerings on the shrine.

As far as libations, I like beer these days. Something fancy. I don't drink much, so I can afford to go fancy.

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Re: Winter festivities

Post by tiagolps » Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:05 pm

DGA wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:44 pm
I like the booze that gives teenagers the worst hangovers.
As a young adult with low alcohol tolerance, I find that highly offensive!

...

Jk, about the being offended part, the rest is true... :cheers:
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Re: Winter festivities

Post by Ayu » Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:35 pm

I don't find it really offensive, but I have to add: one of the most saddening things about Christmas time are the many lonely drunken people in town.

For me Christmas is cooking and eating... And NOT eating all those chocolates and cookies people bring. :lol: It's a habit were I live that every visitor brings some chocolate for the children. But they do not eat it. :roll:

And I light many candles from December to January. This gives the feeling of living in a cosy cave: having a nice cup of tea and watching the fire.
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Re: Winter festivities

Post by dzogchungpa » Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:58 pm

Queequeg wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:23 pm
DGA wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:47 pm
tiagolps wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:33 pm
So, what/how do you all celebrate on the winter time?
drinking
Just the winter time? I find it is appropriate to celebrate with the Water of Life whenever it is appropriate.

Me too. But never at dusk.
It takes a great being to be daring enough to cultivate a bad reputation. - Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche

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Re: Winter festivities

Post by Queequeg » Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:33 pm

dzogchungpa wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:58 pm
Me too. But never at dusk.
There is definitely something to be said for moderation.
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Re: Winter festivities

Post by Queequeg » Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:34 pm

jkarlins wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:00 pm
Usually a lhasang, various sadhanas. I set up a little Santa shrine somewhere. I have developed quite the Santa collection over the years.

More offerings on the shrine.

As far as libations, I like beer these days. Something fancy. I don't drink much, so I can afford to go fancy.

Jake
What did you do to your hair?
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Re: Winter festivities

Post by jkarlins » Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:52 am

I shave my head every month or two. I like it long or short, but my wife insists on it short. So blame her. Off topic. etc.

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Re: Winter festivities

Post by KathyLauren » Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:26 am

Ayu wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:35 pm
For me Christmas is cooking and eating... And NOT eating all those chocolates and cookies people bring. :lol: It's a habit were I live that every visitor brings some chocolate for the children. But they do not eat it. :roll:
If you have a problem with too much chocolate, I'll take care of that for you. I am a serious chocoholic. :thumbsup:

We light up the darkness of the winter solstice with coloured lights. That's about it. Oh, and eat chocolate.

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Re: Winter festivities

Post by Ayu » Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:49 am

Yes, it would be extremely wonderful, if one could send surplus food to other parts of the world.
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Re: Winter festivities

Post by tiagolps » Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:29 am

Ayu wrote:
Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:49 am
Yes, it would be extremely wonderful, if one could send surplus food to other parts of the world.
You're right, how is that not a service yet?
Homage to you, blissful, virtuous and peaceful,
Enjoy the domain of the tranquil nirvana.
Fully possessing the om and the soha,
You overcome even the greatest of evils.

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Re: Winter festivities

Post by Ayu » Tue Nov 07, 2017 1:05 pm

tiagolps wrote:
Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:29 am
Ayu wrote:
Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:49 am
Yes, it would be extremely wonderful, if one could send surplus food to other parts of the world.
You're right, how is that not a service yet?
:smile: Must be a problem of durability of the dishes and of money for postage.
But in our German bigger cities we have a volunteer movement ("Tafeln"): people who collect surplus goods from food stores and give them away/sell them for very cheap price in their shops. Many people rely on this service. It's still not always enough for everybody.

http://www.foodexplorers.net/tafel-feed-needy
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Re: Winter festivities

Post by jkarlins » Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:09 pm

I bet that will happen, seems like such a good idea.

Of course, there are ways to donate food if we're thinking a little closer to home. One way I could be better about the holidays is by being a little more generous.

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