for_ariane (for_ariane) wrote,
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vigil

In medieval times, the vigil, or eve of a holy day was as important as the day itself -- witness All Hallows Eve, where the day is now little observed, but the vigil much celebrated. Tonight is the vigil of Ariane's birthday. In the tradition of All Hallow's Eve and Christmas Eve, when candles are lit for the lost, there are 30 candles burning on the front rail of my porch, one for every year, and the Lady of Guadalupe burning in the window.
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