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Lidong: The start of winter on Chinese lunar calendar - CGTN

Li Dong (The Beginning of Winter) (立冬, 입동). Start of the nineteenth of the twenty-four traditional Chinese solar terms, the first of Winter that begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 225° and ends when it reaches the longitude of 240°. During Li Dong, a noticeable change in climate is experienced in northern China, where precipitation declines as do temperatures. The south also sees a drop in temperatures but warmer weather prevails for some time as a minor Spring due to heat stored by the earth neutralising the cold air. The ancient Chinese used the word storage for this period, as creatures begin to prepare for the long Winter, farmers have stored their crops and begin to prepare for a Winter break, and animals like snakes, hedgehogs and squirrels are well-prepared with enough energy to hibernate and await the Spring. During Li Dong, water begins to freeze, then the earth begins to harden and finally large birds such as pheasants that fish for clams are seen less frequently and so the clams grow bigger. The next solar term is Xiao Xue (Lesser Snow), which starts on 22 November, when it begins to snow. The twenty-four solar terms permit the insertion of leap (intercalary) months in the Chinese calendar to ensure synchronisation with the seasons. Image: news.cgtn.com.

Didacus of Alcalá - Wikipedia

San Diego de Alcalá (St Didacus of Alcalá OFM, Diego de San Nicolás) (1400-63). Franciscan Order in the USA and Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego Feast of poor Sevillian Franciscan lay brother, religious and missionary who served in the first group of missionaries to the Canary Islands after they were conquered in 1402. As a child, he embraced the hermit life and he later became a wandering hermit. Called to the religious life, Didacus applied for admission to the Observant (Reformed) branch of the Order of Friars Minor and was received as a preaching lay brother. In 1442, he was assigned the post of porter in the new Lanzarote friary, where the indigenous Guanches were being introduced to Christianity. Due to his great zeal, prudence and sanctity, in 1445 he was appointed Guardian of the Franciscan community on the island of Fuerteventura. Sent to Rome in 1450 during an epidemic, he cared for the sick and through his pious intercession effected many miraculous cures. When he was recalled to Spain, he spent his remaining years in penance, solitude and the delights of contemplation. Didacus died on 12 November 1463 in Alcalá de Henares, Toledo. Venerated in Catholic Church. A chapel, the Ermita de San Diego, was built in Didacus’s birthplace of San Nicolás del Puerto, Seville to enshrine his remains. Catholic Church Feast Day 13 November. Patron of Roman Catholic San Diego Diocese, Franciscan Lay Brothers, Philippines Liga de San Diego de Alcalá. Image: en.wikipedia.org.

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St Willibrord (Apostle to the Frisians, Villibrordus) (658-739). Catholic Church Feast Day outside England and Church of England Lesser Festival commemorating the death of the Northumbrian Anglo-Saxon missionary who studied at Hrypis (Ripon) under St Wilfrid. As an evangelist in the Netherlands he became the first Bishop of Utrecht and was appointed Archbishop of the Frisians in 695. When her fiancé died in 698, the future St Irmina of Oeren founded a Benedictine convent at Horren in Trier and sought the help of Willibrord when a plague threatened her community. The pestilence passed by the convent and in 698 she also gave Willibrord the lands for the Abbey of Echternach, which they co-founded in present-day eastern Luxembourg on the site of a Roman villa that Irmina donated. The Pagan Radbod retook possession of Frisia in 716, burning churches and killing many missionaries, Willibrord and his monks being forced to flee. After the death of Radbod in 719, Willibrord returned to his work and Boniface (Winfrid) worked with him for a year before travelling on to preach in Frankish territory. Willibrord died at Echternach on 7 November 739. Venerated in Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox Churches, Anglican Communion. Major shrine Echternach. Numerous miracles and relics have been attributed to him and, on one occasion, the procession of his relics was celebrated by five bishops in full pontifical with those engaged in the ceremony including two Swiss guards, sixteen standard-bearers, three thousand and forty-five singers, one hundred and thirty-six priests, four hundred and twenty-six musicians, fifteen thousand and eighty-five dancers, and two thousand and thirty-two players. An annual dancing procession continues to be held in Echternach on Whit Tuesday, attracting thousands of participants and an equal number of spectators to honour the memory of a saint who is often called the Apostle of the Benelux countries of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Feast Day 29 November in England. Patron of Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Archdiocese of Utrecht, Netherlands, against convulsions, epilepsy, epileptics. Image: twitter.com.

Prayer God our Father, You gave St Willibrord a strong and living faith, which preserved him from faint-heartedness in every difficulty. We pray that You give us the grace of the same deep faith, which will support us in all the situations of our life and make us worthy of having our petitions heard at the intercession of our patron St Willibrord. Saint Willibrord, advocate of us all, pray for us! Amen