“Saint Lawrence Night”

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Our friend Andrea sent us a heads up on something to look upward to next month.


"In Italy there is a tradition celebrated every year August 10th  called the “Saint Lawrence Night”. Legend has it that during this period of the month there’s a strong shooting stars activity (Perseids), and everybody during these summer nights looks up to the sky waiting to see one falling. If you are so lucky to see one star falling, you can express a desire that could be realized."

 

A snip from meteorshowersonline:

"The earliest record of Perseid activity comes from the Chinese annals, where it is said that in 36 AD "more than 100 meteors flew thither in the morning." Numerous references appear in Chinese, Japanese and Korean records throughout the 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th centuries, but only sporadic references are found between the 12th and 19th centuries, inclusive. Nevertheless, August has long had a reputation for an abundance of meteors. The Perseids have been referred to as the "tears of St. Lawrence", since meteors seemed to be in abundance during the festival of that saint in Italy on August 10th…"

Image: Mila Zinkova/Wikipedia

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One Response to “Saint Lawrence Night”

  1. julie p. says:

    This photo is gorgeous! It’s magical! I love this post, since The Perseids are very special to me: my birthday falls on the 12th, and every year I feel like the Universe gives me a meteor shower to celebrate! I didn’t know about its significance in Italy, however. I can’t wait to learn more about it!

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