Thursday, November 03, 2005

Pridie Nonas November

Modern Date : November 4th

Pridie Nonas November
Day before the Nones of November

This is one of the dies comitiales when committees of citizens could vote on political or criminal matters.

The Plebeian Games in honor of Jupiter were held November 4-17. A feast on November 13 provided the central point in the Ludi Plebeii. The Roman satirist Juvenal once remarked that the city mob in Rome was interested only in bread and circuses: Panem Et Circenses.

November is the ninth month (after March) and is a lucky month which is almost free of religious obligation.

Qudrat Power
This day is the Baha'i feast honoring the Deity as Qudrat -- Divine Power.

St. Emeric
On this day was honoured St. Emeric, the pious son of the pious St. Stephen, king of Hungary in the eleventh century. Emeric was a very promising man, both as a prince and an apostle of Christianity; and he might have attained greater eminence if he had not been carried off by death in the lifetime of his father. As it is, this somewhat obscure Hungarian saint has been a person of some consequence in the world, for from his name has come that of one of the great divisions of the earth. Through his celebrity, his name became a popular one: it was conferred, in the fifteenth century, in the Italian form of Amerigo, upon an Italian surnamed Vespucci. Vespucci did the world some service in extending the knowledge of the continent which Columbus had discovered; and by a strange current of circumstances, this continent came to be recognised by the name America, in honour of Signor Vespucci. When St. Stephen was choosing a name for his first-born son, how little could he have imagined that the one he chose was to be the parent of the noted word America.


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