Month of March 2023
March is the third month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. It is the second of seven months to have a length of 31 days. In the Northern Hemisphere, the meteorological beginning of spring occurs on the first day of March. The March equinox on the 20 or 21 marks the astronomical beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.
The name of March comes from “Martius”, the first month of the earliest Roman calendar. It was named after the Roman god Mars.
For the ancient Romans this month was the time of year to resume all the projects that had been interrupted by winter. In the early Roman calendar, March (or Martius) was the first month of the calendar year.
In ancient Roman religion and myth, god Mars was the god of war.
Under the influence of Greek culture, Mars was identified with the Greek god Ares, whose myths were reinterpreted in Roman literature and art under the name of Mars. But the character and dignity of Mars differed in fundamental ways from that of his Greek counterpart. Unlike Ares, who was viewed primarily as a destructive and destabilizing force, Mars represented military power as a way to secure peace. The god Mars was also considered a father (pater) of the Roman people. In Rome's mythic genealogy and founding, Mars fathered Romulus and Remus - the legendary builders of Rome.
The month of god Mars - “Martius” - was the beginning of the spring and the beginning of the New Year. And the Roman festivals that held in the honor of god Mars during this month were mirrored by other festivals in October, when the year was coming to an end.
Martius remained the first month of the Roman calendar year perhaps as late as 153 BC and several religious observances in the first half of the month were originally New Year's celebrations. Even in late antiquity, Roman mosaics picturing the months sometimes still placed March first.
Even today for many people across the globe, the New Year begins on the Spring equinox in the Northern hemisphere.
Spring—a season of rebirth and the planting of new crops—is, for them, a logical time to start the New Year.
First Day of Spring 2023:
In 2023, the March equinox happens on March 20, at 5:24 P.M. EDT. This falls on a Monday and is the astronomical beginning of the spring season in the Northern Hemisphere and the autumn season in the Southern Hemisphere.
Equinox in Yogic tradition
In the yogic tradition, the equinox is seen as a day when one has the best possibility of transcending the limitations and compulsions of one's physical longings.
Shiva is said to have sat as an Ardhanari - half woman and half man, because masculine and feminine are on an even keel on this day.
• March's birthstones are aquamarine and bloodstone.
Aquamarine represents happiness, hope and everlasting youth. In ancient times, aquamarine was thought to protect those at sea. It was believed to make sailors fearless and safe from adversaries on the open waters.
Bloodstone is often used to increase courage, motivation, and creative energy. It's also beneficial for endurance and physical strength. In addition, bloodstone can remove blocks that are keeping us stuck, which can help to revitalize our energy and create a clear path forward.
• Its birth flower is the daffodil.
The daffodil symbolizes rebirth and new beginnings. It's one of the first flowers to bloom at the end of winter, announcing the beginning of spring and signifying the end of the cold, dark days. Less commonly, daffodils may also symbols of creativity, energy, resilience, forgiveness and vitality.
• The zodiac signs for the month of March are:
Mainly the Pisces until approximately March 20.
And Aries from approximately March 21 onward.
Pisces constellation in Mythology
“Pisces” means the “fish” in Latin.
This is the myth of the constellation of Pisces In Greek mythology:
In this story, Goddess Aphrodite and God Eros were walking along the Euphrates River when the terrible monster “Typhon” appeared. The terrible “Typhon” monster was the personification of all the forces of destruction, catastrophe and death.
Aphrodite and Eros were terrified, and unable to confront him due to his great size and power. So they called upon Zeus asking for help. Zeus then turned them both into fishes. They then jumped into the river and were able to swim away from Typhon, to safety.
In other version of the myth Zeus sends two “magical fishes” and the two Gods they jump over the two fishes and the fishes carry them away.
After everything finished and the Olympian Gods won over the terrible “Typhon” and restored again the peace and order, the Goddess Athena placed the two fishes among the stars and they became the constellation of Pisces.
Pisces is a symbol of transformation, due to their ability to change form in order to survive.
Month of March is the month of transformation: the nature transforms. The nature passes from the winter to the spring. And metaphorically from death to life.
Pisces and Christianity
The astrological “age of Pisces” began c. AD 1 and will end c. AD 2150. With the story of the birth of Christ coinciding with this date, many Christian symbols for Christ use the astrological symbol for Pisces, the fishes.
Many people also believe that the figure of Christ himself bears many of the temperaments and personality traits of a Pisces, and is thus considered an archetype of the “Piscean”.
The first Christians used the image of a fish as a symbol.
In that time the international language was the Greek language.
In Greek “Pisces” (fish) is spelled: ἸΧΘΥΣ (IKhThYS).
The first Christians used that symbol because the name of the fish in Greek may be read as:
• First letter: I - Iota (i), Iēsoûs (Ἰησοῦς), "Jesus".
• Second letter: X – in Greek - CH - Chi (ch), Khrīstós (Χρῑστός), "Christ".
• Third letter: Θ - Theta (th), Theoû (Θεοῦ), "of God"–“God’s”.
• Fourth letter: Y - Ypsilon (y or u), (h)uiós (Yἱός), "Son".
• Fifth letter: S - Sigma (s), sōtḗr (Σωτήρ), "Savior".
For: "Ἰησοῦς Χρῑστός Θεοῦ Υἱός Σωτήρ",
Pronunciation: Iēsoûs Khrīstós, Theoû Huiós, Sōtḗr;
Which translates into English as:
'Jesus Christ, God's Son, Savior'.
Important and commemorative days of March in Canada
• Irish Heritage Month.
• March 8. International Women's Day.
• March 14. Commonwealth Day.
• March 21. International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
• March 31. International Transgender Day of Visibility.
St. Patrick's day
Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. 385 – c. 461).
Saint Patrick, who lived during the fifth century, is the patron saint of Ireland and its national apostle. Born in Roman Britain, he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave at 16. He later escaped, but returned to Ireland and was credited with bringing Christianity to its people.
In the centuries following Patrick’s death (believed to have been on March 17, 461), the mythology surrounding his life became ever more ingrained in the Irish culture: Perhaps the most well-known legend of St. Patrick is that he explained the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) using the three leaves of a native Irish clover, the shamrock.
Saint Patrick's Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilithe and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. Christians who belong to liturgical denominations also attend church services and historically the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol were lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday's tradition of alcohol consumption.
St. Patrick's Day Celebrations Around the World
Today, people of all backgrounds celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, especially throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. Although North America is home to the largest productions, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated around the world in locations far from Ireland, including Japan, Singapore and Russia. Popular St. Patrick’s Day recipes include Irish soda bread, corned beef and cabbage and champ.
In Canada and US, people often wear green on St. Patrick’s Day.
What Do Leprechauns Have to Do With St. Patrick's Day?
One icon of the Irish holiday is the Leprechaun. The original Irish name for these figures of folklore is “lobaircin,” meaning “small-bodied fellow.” Belief in leprechauns probably stems from Celtic belief in fairies, tiny men and women who could use their magical powers to serve good or evil. In Celtic folktales, leprechauns were cranky souls, responsible for mending the shoes of the other fairies.
Though only minor figures in Celtic folklore, leprechauns were known for their trickery, which they often used to protect their much-fabled treasure. Leprechauns have their own holiday on May 13 but are also celebrated on St. Patrick's, with many dressing up as the wily fairies.
One of us: St. Patrick’s place in gay history:
Article about St. Patrick in a book on Irish gay history – book title:
"Terrible Queer Creatures", writer: Brian Lacey.
A Brief History of Gays and the St. Patrick's Day Parade
Article about Gays in St. Patrick’s day in New York.
March 25th - Greek Independence Day
On March 25th 1821, the Greeks declared their independence from the Ottoman Empire. After centuries of being controlled by one entity or another, the Greeks finally had the chance to chart their own course. This event was pivotal not only for the Greeks but also for the entire Balkan Peninsula and Europe. On this day, the Congress of Vienna recognized Greece’s independence, paving the way for a more peaceful region and a stronger Europe.
The Greek Orthodox Church also celebrates on this day the religious holiday of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary when the Archangel Gabriel appeared to her telling she would conceive and become the mother of Jesus, the Son of God.
The celebration of the Greek Revolution of 1821, less commonly known as " Greek Independence Day", takes place in Greece, Cyprus and Greek diaspora centers on 25 March every year, coinciding with the Feast of the Annunciation. The day is a public holiday in Greece and Cyprus.
Montreal March 2023 Festivals & Events
Month of March - Food & Nutrition:
Cabanes à sucre | Plaisirs gourmands - Bonjour Québec.
Sugar shacks | Gourmet pleasures - Bonjour Québec
o What does “cabane à sucre” mean?
o A sugar shack (French: cabane à sucre), also known as sap house, sugar house, sugar shanty or sugar cabin is a commercial establishment, primarily found in Eastern Canada and northern New England. Sugar shacks are small cabins or groups of cabins where sap collected from sugar maple trees is boiled into maple syrup.
o What are sugar shacks in Quebec?
o Sugar Shacks ("cabanes à sucre" in French) are small cabins in the woods where sap is collected from the nearby maple trees and boiled into maple syrup through a technique originally developed by the Indigenous and passed on to the French colonizers of New-France.
o What is “cabane à sucre” season?
o The activity is usually performed during the two first weeks of the beginning of March. However, restaurants serving “Cabane à sucre” food are open across Spring from March to April.
o What are 5 traditional sugar shack meals eaten in Quebec?
o Most sugar shack menus include soupe aux pois (pea soup), fèves au lard (baked beans), cretons (a spread made with minced pork and spices), oreilles de crisse (“Christ's ears”, deep-fried pork jowls), omelettes, ham and sausages soaked in maple syrup, tourtière (meat pie), pickled beets, homemade red or green fruit ...
o What is the French Canadian sugar on snow?
o Maple taffy, or "tire sur la neige", is simply (as the French name suggests) maple syrup on snow. Originally an Indigenous tradition, the recipe was adopted by French settlers in eastern Canada, specifically around Quebec, and the northeastern US, where groves of maple trees grow the thickest.
March Food Holidays
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One doesn’t normally think of March as a holiday month —but take a look at all of these reasons to celebrate:
National Celery Month
National Flour Month
National Frozen Food Month
National Nutrition Month
National Noodle Month
National Peanut Month
National Sauce Month
National Caffeine Awareness Month
Each day of the month has something to celebrate too. Pick your day, plan a party, and invite your friends to celebrate:
International Pancake Day, Shrove Tuesday (February or March) Chocolate Chip Cookie Week is the second week of the month National Popcorn Lovers Day is the second Thursday American Chocolate Week is the third week. Maple Syrup Saturday, 3rd Saturday National Hot Cross Bun Day, Good Friday (March or April) National Baked Ham with Pineapple Day, Easter (March or April)
Fruits and vegetables in season for March:
What can we buy in March?
Winter is drawing to a close, and buds and sprouts are announcing nature waking up. Homegrown sprouts, which are rich in vitamins, are perfect in this time of the year with their depurative properties. Besides the traditional cereal and legume sprouts, try Greek hay sprouts with their slightly bitter taste. They can be easily grown and give a special touch to salads and sandwiches, especially with ricotta cheese.
What’s in season in March:
Beetroot, broccoli, artichoke, cardoon, catalogna chicory, carrot, cauliflower, white cabbage, Savoy cabbage, Brussels sprout, chicory, turnip top, spring onion, sauerkraut, watercress, beet top, fennel, endive, lettuce, hops, leek, red radicchi, turnip, radish, scorzonera, scorzobianca, spinach, dandelion, valerianella, pumpkin.
Kiwi, orange, tangerine, clementine, lemon, grapefruit, cedar, apple, pear, dried fruits.
Anchovy, grey mullet, cod, sardine, sole, tuna.
March and Spring in poetry and literature
COLLECTION Spring Poems
Classic and contemporary poems to celebrate the advent of spring.
March proverbs, expressions and sayings:
Ides of March
The “Ides of March” ( Latin: Idus Martii) is corresponding to 15 March. In ancient Rome it was marked by several religious observances.
Originally the "Ides" were supposed to be determined by the full moon, reflecting the lunar origin of the Roman calendar. In the earliest calendar, the "Ides of March" would have been the first full moon of the New Year.
In 44 BC, "Ides of March" became notorious as the date of the assassination of Julius Caesar, which made the "Ides of March" a turning point in Roman history.
The story goes that on February 15 44 B.C., a clairvoyant named Spurinna warned Caesar that his life would be in danger for the next 30 days, the threat expiring on the 15th of March. The clairvoyant speaking to Caesar used the expression: “Beware the Ides of March”.
According to popular legend, the morning on the Ides of March (15 March) of 44 BC, Julius Caesar was walking to the senate house when he caught sight of Spurinna. "Well, the Ides of March have come!" Caesar called out playfully. "Aye, the Ides have come," said Spurinna, "but they are not yet gone...".
And in fact Julius Caesar has been assassinated later on the same day, on the 15th of March 44 B.C. – the day of “Ides of March”.
Ever since "Beware the ides of March" is a warning to watch out for betrayal or misfortune. It's often used in political contexts.
Even today in English and in many other languages the: "Beware the ides of March" is an expression associated with bad omens, betrayal, and misfortune.
March and Spring Quotes and sayings:
o Here we stand in the no-man’s-land between winter and spring… in other words, March.
o … it feels like I and everyone I know is just waiting for that magical day on the calendar… the “end of winter”.
o However, where I live, March usually means two or three glorious days of 60-degree weather, usually accompanied by wind that will blow your winter coat off and sunshine that makes you want to recline in a lounge chair and pretend you’re at the beach. And then reality comes calling with a snowfall and/or below-freezing days once again.
o “March is a tomboy with tousled hair, a mischievous smile, mud on her shoes and a laugh in her voice.”
― Hal Borland
o “It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”
― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
That come before the swallow dares, and take
The winds of March with beauty.”
― William Shakespeare (The Winter’s Tale)
o “March, when days are getting long, Let thy growing hours be strong to set right some wintry wrong.”
― Caroline May
o “March is the month God created to show people who don’t drink what a hangover is like.”
― Garrison Keillor
o “POOR MARCH...
It is the HOMELIEST month of the year. Most of it is MUD, Every Imaginable Form of MUD, and what isn’t MUD in March is ugly late-season SNOW falling onto the ground in filthy muddy heaps that look like PILES of DIRTY LAUNDRY.”
― Vivian Swift,
o “Our life is March weather, savage and serene in one hour.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
o “The stormy March has come at last, With winds and clouds and changing skies; I hear the rushing of the blast That through the snowy valley flies.”
― William C. Bryant
o “In March winter is holding back and spring is pulling forward. Something holds and something pulls inside of us too.”
― Jean Hersey
o “March, master of winds, bright minstrel and marshal of storms that enkindle the season they smite.”
― Algernon C Swinburne (March: An Ode)
o “Autumn arrives in the early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day.”
― Elizabeth Bowen
o “Today is the day when bold kites fly,
When cumulus clouds roar across the sky.
When robins return, when children cheer,
When light rain beckons spring to appear.”
― Robert McCracken, Spring
o “The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.”
― Henry Van Dyke, Fisherman’s Luck
o “A light exists in Spring
Not present in the year
at any other period
When March is scarcely here.”
― Emily Dickinson
o “In the Spring a livelier iris changes on the burnish’d dove;
In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.”
― Alfred Lord Tennyson
o “One swallow does not make a summer, but one skein of geese, cleaving the murk of March thaw, is the Spring.”
― Aldo Leopold
o “Springtime is the land awakening.
The March winds are the morning yawn.”
― Lewis Grizzard
St. Patrick’s Day wishes, blessings and proverbs
o Happy St. Patrick's Day!
o A more religious way of wishing someone "Happy St. Patrick's Day" is to say: “Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig dhuit!” This phrase means “St Patrick's Day blessings to you!”
o You're my lucky charm.
o Luck o' the Irish.
o The luck is in believing you're lucky.
o May every petal on the shamrock bring you joy and good luck.
o Wishing you a pot of gold this St. Patrick's Day.
o It's the luck of the Irish!
o May your day be touched by some Irish luck.
o Irish Blessing:
May the Irish hills caress you. May her lakes and rivers bless you. May the luck of the Irish enfold you. May the blessings of St. Patrick behold you.
o Thomas Jefferson:
I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
o Irish Toast:
Here's to you and here's to me, I pray that friends we'll always be, but if by chance we disagree, the heck with you and here's to me.
o Therese Duffy:
There are only two classes of people — the Irish and those who wish they were Irish.
o Pat Maloney:
Whether I drink often or just once in a while; I'm always sure to raise a glass to the dear old Emerald Isle.
o Richelle E. Goodrich:
Imagine if we were all magical leprechauns, and every wish ever made on a four-leaf clover obliged us to help others obtain their wishes. Now imagine if people simply lived like this were true.
o Tim O'Brien:
Don't throw away luck on little stuff. Save it up.
o Jordan Richard:
Ireland has always been the home of the dreamer, the poet and the storyteller.
o Laura Sommers:
Whether it's St. Patrick's Day or not, everyone has a little luck o' the Irish in them.
o Irish Blessing:
May you have all the happiness and luck that life can hold — and at the end of your rainbows may you find a pot of gold.
o Susi Hawke:
May you always walk in sunshine. May you never want for more. May Irish angels rest their wings beside your nursery door.
o Darrell Royal:
"You've got to think lucky. If you fall into a mud hole, check your back pocket — you might have caught a fish.
o Ella Higginson:
If you work, if you wait, you will find the place where the four-leaf clovers grow.
Romantic St. Patrick's Day Greetings:
• You Sham-rock my world!
• I can't get clover how much I love you.
• You are my lucky charm.
• I'm not Irish, but kiss me anyway!
• You are my pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
• I want to get lucky with you.
• Let's make my ex green with envy tonight.
• I'd love to get lucky with you.
• I go down like Guinness — smooth and easy.
• It's St. Patrick's Day, which means I'm about to make you say, "O'Yes."
• Kiss me, I'm part-Irish. Want to know which parts?
• Heard you're Irish and I've always wanted to see the luck of the Irish, if you know what I mean.
• I've never found a four-leaf clover but I did find you so make me lucky?
• Guess what we're going to do later tonight. Here's a hint — it rhymes with "luck."
• Want to see my good luck charm?
• Are you Irish? Because Irish cream is my favorite.
• I'm going to shamrock your world tonight.
• Happy St. Patrick's Day! Are you up for some shenanigans?
• I don't know how to do an Irish jig but I know a few other moves we can try.
• Shamrock me all night long.
• Is there a pot of gold at the end of that rainbow?
• This pitcher of green beer looks like you're getting lucky tonight.
• If I don't wear green tonight, will you pinch me? If I do, can you pinch me anyway?
March 2023 in Massage Luc
The month of February 2023 was a very unpredictable month – speaking about business.
The weather was one factor. We had some very – very cold days.
And after the crisis – that I think is related to the international political situation.
I would prefer not to talk about politics in my website.
Some times I post some Videos that might be related to politics.
I choose only “neutral” videos:
Videos that may offer information – without taking political position.
No politics here.
My clients are coming here to relax.
I just pray for peace and prosperity.
I kept having tourists on February 2023.. This month most of my Tourists clients were from U.S.. I had just a few Canadian tourists – from Toronto and from Alberta.
The most “kinky” fantasy this month was from a young US guy. He said to me that he is studying Psychiatry in Chicago - Illinois - U.S.
After the massage he wanted pictures of himself, tied on my living room’s coffee table. We tried both positions: First with his chest up – and after with his back up. We also tape recorder everything with his camcorder. In the clip, I was pretending to whip him. (Theatrical whipping.) Thanks God my coffee table is from good wood and resisted. He is quite big.
His “fantasy” was really an interesting fantasy.
I think that he is going to become a great Psychiatrist one day.
My artistic / photographic services also did work well this month. Thank God the clients were all happy with the result.
The positive is that all my clients told me that they want to come again.
And I do hope to see them again.
I feel connected to my clients.
My clients are my friends.
So, for March 2023 – the month of St. Patrick, the month of the beginning of spring – I will keep the same Special:
The client that will come 4 times in March 2023 will get a free “Boudoir Photo Session” - actual cost of $ 100.
Celebrate the blessed month of St. Patrick - the month of spring and love and romance – with a nice Male Massage.
Come to Massage Luc this month.
Best Male Massage.
Happy St. Patrick to all my clients.
February is the second month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. The month has 28 days in common years or 29 in leap years, with the 29th day being called the leap day. February is the only month of the year to have fewer than 30 days.
February is the third and last month of meteorological winter in the Northern Hemisphere.
In the Southern Hemisphere, February is the third and last month of meteorological summer.
Derived from the Latin word, the Roman month Februariuswas named after the Latin term februum, which means "purification", via the purification ritual Februaheld on February 15 (full moon) in the old lunar Roman calendar.
February’s full moon is called Snow Moon
Its birth flowers are the violet (Viola), the common primrose (Primula vulgaris) and the Iris.
Its birthstone is the amethyst. It symbolizes piety, humility, spiritual wisdom, and sincerity.
The zodiac signs for the month of February were Aquarius (until February 18) and Pisces (February 19 onwards).
Its animal is the tiger, the third of the 12-year cycle of animals in the Chinese Zodiac.
Valentine's Day, also called Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14th.
It originated as a Christian feast day honoring one or two early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine and through later folk traditions, has become a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and love in many regions of the world.
There are a number of martyrdom stories associated with various Valentines connected to February 14, including an account of the imprisonment of Saint Valentine of Rome for ministering to Christians persecuted under the Roman Empire in the third century.
According to an early tradition, Saint Valentine restored sight to the blind daughter of his jailer. Numerous later additions to the legend have better related it to the theme of love: an 18th-century embellishment to the legend claims he wrote the jailer's daughter a letter signed "Your Valentine" as a farewell before his execution. The expression: "From your Valentine", was later adopted by modern Valentine letters.
This legend has been published by both: American Greetings and The History Channel.
Another tradition posits that Saint Valentine performed weddings for Christian soldiers who were forbidden to marry.
The day became associated with romantic love in the 14th and 15th centuries when notions of courtly love flourished, apparently by association with the "lovebirds" of early spring.
In 18th-century England, it grew into an occasion in which couples expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines").
Valentine's Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid.
Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.
In Italy, Saint Valentine's Keys are given to lovers "as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver's heart".
Origins of Valentine’s Day
While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of St. Valentine’s death or burial—which probably occurred around A.D. 270—others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman God of agriculture.
Lupercalia survived the initial rise of Christianity but was outlawed—as it was deemed “un-Christian”—at the end of the 5th century, when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day. It was not until much later, however, that the day became definitively associated with love.
During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance. The English poet Geoffrey Chaucer was the first to record St. Valentine’s Day as a day of romantic celebration in his 1375 poem “Parliament of Foules,” writing, ““For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne’s day / Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate.”
Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. (The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England.) Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.
Who Is Cupid?
Cupid is often portrayed on Valentine’s Day cards as a naked cherub launching arrows of love at unsuspecting lovers. But the Roman God Cupid has his roots in Greek mythology as the Greek God of love: "EROS".
According to the Greek Archaic poets, Eros was a handsome immortal played with the emotions of Gods and men, using golden arrows to incite love and leaden ones to sow aversion. It wasn’t until the Hellenistic period that he began to be portrayed as the mischievous, chubby child he’d become on Valentine’s Day cards.
Typical Valentine’s Day Greetings and Gifts
Saint Valentine's Day is not a public holiday in any country.
But is celebrated in most countries: United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Europe and Australia.
In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century.
By the middle of the 18th century, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine’s Day greetings.
Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s.
In the 1840s, artist and entrepreneur from Massachusetts Esther A. Howland (1828–1904), began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.”
Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 145 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year (more cards are sent at Christmas).
It was only in 1861 that an inspired English entrepreneur and chocolate-maker named Richard Barrow Cadbury (29 August 1835 – 22 March 1899), thought to sell chocolates for Valentine's Day. He packaged them in heart-shaped boxes decorated with rosebuds and Cupids, which were already popular symbols of romance among the Victorians. Thus, a new Valentine's Day tradition was born.
Prayers to St Valentine to find a lover
· Loving Father, You know that the deepest desire of my heart is to meet someone that I can share my life with. I trust in Your loving plan for me and ask that I may soon meet the person that you have prepared for me. Through the power of Your Holy Spirit, open my heart and mind so that I recognize my soul mate.
· Please Lord, take my hand and lead me as I look for love. May I find a partner with whom I can share the rest of my life. Help me to live life to the full with hope in my heart for the future. Amen.
· Please Lord; open my heart and mind so that I recognize my soul mate. Remove any obstacles that may be in the way of this happy encounter, So that I might find a new sense of wholeness, joy and peace. Give me the grace too, to know and accept, if you have another plan for my life.
February Quotes and Sayings
· In February, there is everything to hope for and nothing to regret.
· “The Polar Intuit of northwest Greenland, the northernmost people, call February ‘seqinniaq’, “the month when the sun appears.”
― Fred Bruemmer
· Life is like February, short and sweet.
· February is the border between winter and spring.
– Terri Guillemets
· “February - the month of love..?!!
No wonder the shortest one in the calendar.”
― Dinesh Kumar Biran
· “Even though February was the shortest month of the year, sometimes it seemed like the longest.”
― JD Robb
· “Though, February is short, it is filled with lots of love and sweet surprises”
― Charmaine J Forde
· “Let's not talk about LOVE in February only,
Let's give the other months some LOVE too,
Let's spread LOVE every day of the year,
And show the world,
We really care”
― Charmaine J. Forde
Valentine’s Day Quotes and Sayings
· "And when you smile, the whole world stops and stares for a while, 'cause you're amazing, just the way you are."
- Bruno Mars (Just The Way You Are)
· "You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep, because reality is finally better than your dreams."
- Dr. Seuss
· "The single, most extraordinary thing I've ever done with my life is fall in love with you."
- Beth Pearson (This is Us)
· "You are pretty much the only thing that makes me want to get up in the morning."
- Me Before You
· "It's like, in that moment the whole universe existed just to bring us together."
· "Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same."
- Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
· "I will love you my whole life. You and no other."
· "Take love, multiply it by infinity and take it to the depths of forever... and you still have only a glimpse of how I feel for you."
- Meet Joe Black
· "I hope you don't mind that I put down in words how wonderful life is while you're in the world."
- Elton John (Your Song)
· "My heart is, and always will be, yours."
- Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
Valentine's Day Short Messages for Lovers:
· I fall in love with you just a little bit more every day
· Happy Valentine’s – I plan to make the day as special as you are to me
· I hope I can make you as happy as you make me
· Even after all this time, you still take my breath away
· I never thought I could fall as hard as I did with you
· Thank you for showing me what true love is - Happy Valentine's Day
· Be my Valentine – now, next year, and for all our Valentine’s to come
· You are so amazing. I don’t know what I would do without you
Chocolate Quotes and Sayings
· "To angels, God gave wings, to humans, chocolate."
· "Don't think chocolate is a substitute for love... Love is a substitute for chocolate."
- Miranda Ingram
· "Life is like chocolate: you should enjoy it piece for piece and let it slowly melt on your tongue."
- Nina Sandmann
· "Chocolate plunges otherwise normal beings into strange ecstatic states." - John West
· "In chocolate there are nuanced shades of black, veiled mysteries of taste, abysses of pleasure."
- Fabrizio Caramagna
· "Coffee makes it possible to get out of bed. Chocolate makes it useful." - Anonymous
· "Strength is the ability to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands and then eat just one of those pieces."
- Judith Viorst
· "As long as there is chocolate, there will be happiness."
- Wayne Gerard Trotman
· "To the questions of life, chocolate gives an answer articulated in many cubes and flakes."
- Fabrizio Caramagna
· "The way to my heart is through Belgian milk chocolate."
— Emma Donoghue
· “If there's no chocolate in Heaven, I'm not going.”
— Jane Seabrook
· “Anything is good if it's made of chocolate.”
― Jo Brand
· “There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.”
― Linda Grayson
· “Money can't buy happiness. But, it can buy a chocolate, which is pretty much the same thing.”
― Hanako Ishii
· “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.”
― Charles M. Schulz
· "Nothing is more romantic than chocolate."
- Ted Allen
· “When no one understands you, chocolate is there. ”
· "Chocolate symbolizes, as does no other food, luxury, comfort, sensuality, gratification, and love."
- Karl Petzke
· “Besides chocolate, you’re my favourite.”
· "The taste of chocolate is a sensual pleasure in itself, which belongs to the same sphere as the sexual one … As far as I'm concerned, I can enjoy the mischievous pleasure of chocolate … entirely by myself. Discretion makes it better."
- Ruth Westheimer
· "When you feel like dying, chocolate tastes even better than usual."
- Romain Gary
· "Life is like chocolate, it's the bitter that makes you appreciate the sugar."
- Xavier Brebion
· “Chocolate is happiness that you can eat.”
· “Chocolate is a gift of love to yourself.”
· “Put “eat chocolate” at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you’ll get one thing done.”
· “There are four basic food groups: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and chocolate truffles.”
· "Reminiscent of childhood memories, luxury, sweetness and sensuality, chocolate is more than just a food – it is therapy."
- Christelle Le Ru
· “Love is like swallowing hot chocolate before it has cooled off. It takes you by surprise at first, but keeps you warm for a long time.”
· “Chocolate is an antidepressant, which is especially useful as you start to gain weight.”
· “When we don't have the words, chocolate can speak volumes.” ―Joan Bauer
· "Patience is like chocolate... We never have enough!"
- Christine Heurtault
· "Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, the same substance that the brain releases when we are in love. So why fall in love? Eat chocolate!"
· "The love? Overrated. From a biochemical point of view it is no different than a big feast of chocolate."
February 2023 – Montreal Festivals and Events
February 2023 in Massage Luc
The month of January 2023 was one of the strangest months – business wise speaking.
I had some very quiet days in January 2023. And after every quiet day – many very busy days were following.
I kept having tourists. This January most of my Tourists clients were from Toronto - Ontario and from other cities of Quebec. I had just a few American tourists. And I had only two clients from Europe – a gay couple from France.
This month I had three clients that wanted to realize some “kinky” fantasies. The three of them were students – all very young.
I could say that the one was too “extreme”. I was not expecting this "extremity" from a so young guy. He did surprised me. But anyway, I was able to give him a really Good Service. He told me that he did enjoy his “fantasy” a lot.
The positive is that all my clients told me that they want to come again.
And I do hope to see them again.
I feel connected to my clients.
My clients are my friends
My artistic / photographic services did work well this month.
Thank God the clients were all happy with the result.
So, for February 2023 – the month of St. Valentine, the moth of lovers – I will keep the same Special:
The client that will come 4 times in February 2023 will get a free “Boudoir Photo Session” - actual cost of $ 100.
Celebrate the blessed month of St. Valentine - the month of lovers and romance – with a nice Male Massage.
Come to Massage Luc this February.
Best Male Massage.
Happy St. Valentine to all my clients.
January is named for the Roman god Janus, protector of gates and doorways. Janus is depicted with two faces, one looking into the past, the other into the future.
In ancient Roman times, the gates of the temple of Janus were open in times of war and closed in times of peace.
January is the first month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and is also the first of seven months to have a length of 31 days. The first day of the month is known as New Year's Day.
The many different cultures and ethnicities that had been incorporated inside the vast Roman Empire they had many different ways for time keeping.
In a certain moment the Romans understood that in order to govern their territory they needed a calendar that everybody could use.
Finally, in 45 B.C., Julius Caesar demanded a calendar version that could be used by everyone in the Roman world and became known as the Julian calendar. It was designed by Sosigenes of Alexandria, an astronomer and mathematician who proposed a 365-day calendar with a leap year every four years. Though he had overestimated the length of the year by about 11 minutes, the calendar was now mostly in sync with the sun.
(Leap year saved our societies from chaos—for now, at least.)
Caesar’s new calendar had another innovation: a New Year beginning on January 1, the day its consuls—a pair of men who constituted the Roman republic's executive branch—took office.
But though the Julian calendar would stick around for centuries, the date of its new year wasn’t always honoured by its adopters.
Instead, Christians celebrated the New Year on various feast days.
Aside from a few tweaks by other Roman rulers, the Julian calendar remained largely the same until 1582, when Pope Gregory XIII adjusted the calendar to more accurately reflect the amount of time it takes for the Earth to travel around the sun. The old calendar had been 365.25 days long; the new calendar was 365.2425 days long. The new calendar also shifted the dates, which had drifted by about two weeks, back in sync with seasonal shifts.
Only with Pope Gregory’s 1582 reform did January 1 really stick as the beginning of the New Year—for many.
Not everyone switched to the new Gregorian calendar, and as a result the Christmas holiday falls in January for members of Eastern Orthodox churches.
While the modern world mainly syncs to the Gregorian calendar, other calendars have lived on. As a result, different cultures acknowledge different dates as the start of the new year—and have festivals, rituals and holidays, like Nowruz, Rosh Hashanah, and Chinese New Year—to celebrate.
Happy 1st of January 2023.
Happy New Year 2023
January (in Latin, Ianuarius) is named after Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions in Roman mythology.
The world “Janus” in Latin probably derives from the Etruscan word janua, which means “door."
Fun fact: the closely related Latin word jānua, meaning “door, doorway, entrance,” ultimately gives us the word janitor, which originally referred to a door attendant or porter before evolving to its more familiar sense of “custodian.”
January's birthstone is the garnet, which represents constancy.
Its birth flower is the cottage pink Dianthus caryophyllus or galanthus as well as the traditional carnation.
The Japanese floral emblem of January is the camellia (Camellia sinensis).
In Finnish, the month of tammikuu means the heart of the winter and because the name literally means "oak moon", it can be inferred that the oak tree is the heart of the grand forest with many valuable trees as opposed to the typical Arctic forests, which are typically pine and spruce.
The zodiac signs for the month of January are Capricorn (until January 19) and Aquarius (January 20 onwards).
The name of the full moon occurring in January is the wolf moon.
In the Orthodox Christian religion the 1stof January is the New Year’s first day and is also the day of St. Vasil.
“Vasilopita” in Greek means: “the cake of St. Vasil”.
Vasilopita is a traditional Greek cake served at midnight on New Year's Eve to celebrate the life of Saint Vasil and the coming of the New Year.
After baking the cake, a coin is inserted through the base.
And when the Vasilopita is cut, the person who finds the coin in his piece is said to be granted luck for the rest of the year!
“Vasilopita” is just an example of “good luck food for the New Year”. Many cultures have “lucky gastronomic ways to kickstart a New Year”.
In the American South, go all in on eating black-eyed peas and leafy greens for good luck on New Year's Day. Add a slice of cornbread, and you've got "peas for pennies, greens for dollars, and cornbread for gold."
While other cultures believe in longevity noodles, dumplings, or grapes to your menu.
There are many"Good Luck food recipes for the New Year" in the Internet.
I have chosen to post here 9 New Year's Food Traditions that Bring Good Luck. I think this is the most simple and most traditional:
Montreal January Festivals & Events
Quotes and sayings for January & New Year
“January is like Monday…
“New Year's Day is every man's birthday.”
“Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page.”
~Henry Ward Beecher
“I think it would be much more sensible if resolutions began generally on January the second.”
“January is the month for dreaming.”
“January: Sparkling winter sunshine, face all aglow, making resolutions, and angels in the snow – steaming cups of cocoa, a year that’s fresh and new…all of this is magic – unfolding just for you.”
“My New year will start on February.
January is a trial month.”
“I’ll never understand why everybody puts so much emphasis on January first. There are three hundred and sixty-four other days in the year that you can make a change.”
“New Year’s Day.
A fresh start.
A new chapter waiting to be written.”
~Sarah Ban Breathnach
“Feeling a little blue in January is normal.”
"January, month of empty pockets! … let us endure this evil month, anxious as a theatrical producer's forehead."
"To read a poem in January is as lovely as to go for a walk in June."
- Jean-Paul Sartre
“If I had my way, I’d remove January from the calendar altogether and have an extra July instead.”
— Roald Dahl
“Celebrate endings—for they precede new beginnings.”
—Jonathan Lockwood Huie
“Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.”
"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.”
“What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year.”
“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.”
— William E. Vaughan
“Many years ago, I made a New Year's resolution to never make New Year's resolutions. Hell, it's been the only resolution I've ever kept!”
“What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven't even happened yet.”
“Each year’s regrets are envelopes in which messages of hope are found for the New Year.”
—John R. Dallas Jr.
January 2023 in Massage Luc:
The month of December 2022 I kept having many tourists’ clients - that is a little unusual for the winter season.
Many tourists’ clients told me that compared to other places Montreal is a "very alive city". Many cities have not recovered yet from the crisis.
This month - December 2022 - I had my regular clients - and I had also many younger married men . Many young fathers came for massage this month.
Many men asked me for "boudoir pictures" and clips this month.
Most of the men posed naked with Santa's Hat.
Usually these pictures are for wives - or husbands - and for lovers.
(Many clients want the classic "sexy pictures" for personal use. And they do not care for Holiday Season.)
But this month I had something different:
A young father posed in red underwear and with Santa's hat and gift packages. His pictures were beautiful - but very "innocent". Good pictures for "family viewing". He told me that he wanted these pictures and the clip to make a surprise to his wife and kids. In the clip he mentions everybody – each one with his name – and wishes for the Holidays and the New Year.
This was really very sweet!
So, for January 2023, I am keeping the same popular Special:
The client that will come 4 times for Massage in the month of January 2023, gets a free "Boudoir Photo session value of $ 100".
Looking forward to seeing you for a nice massage on January 2023.
Give to yourself the Gift of a nice massage this month because you deserve it!
You deserve a massage after the tiredness of the Holidays!
Come for a nice massage and start the New Year with smile on your face and happiness in your heart.
Happy January 2023 to all my clients!
Happy New Year 2023 to all my clients!
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