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What Are Ember Days, And When Are The Dates In 2021?

What are Ember Days and when are the dates for this year?

Among many Christians, it is a custom to observe Ember Days, a cluster of four sets of three days in the calendar year, roughly around the start of the four seasons. They are set aside by the Church as a way to mark the passage of seasons through prayer and fasting.

What Are Ember Days?

The name is derived from the Latin quattuor tempora, meaning “Four Times” or “Four Seasons.”

The specific themes for each Ember Week of the year are as follows:

Spring: the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after Ash Wednesday, to give thanks for the rebirth of nature and for the gift of light (usually flowers are offered at this time).

Summer: Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after Pentecost, to give thanks for the wheat crop.

Fall: the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after the Feast of the Holy Cross (September 14),  to give thanks for the grape harvest.

Winter: the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after the Feast of St. Lucy (December 13), during the third week of Advent, to give thanks for the olive crop.

The significance of the days of the week is that Wednesday was the day Christ was betrayed, Friday was the day He was crucified, and Saturday was the day He was entombed.

When Are Ember Days In 2021?

Lenten /Spring Ember Days – February 24, 26, 27

Summer Ember Days – May 26, 28, 29

Fall Ember Days: September 15, 17, and 18

Advent Ember Days: December 15, 17, and 18

Ember Days Folklore

According to folklore, the weather conditions of each of the three days of an Embertide foretells the weather conditions for the following three months.

The Farmers’ Almanac has long carried the Ember Days in each of our editions. 

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Janine Tate

Thank u

Alma Arseneault

Wow this is so interesting, never heard of Ember days before. Thank you so much for sharing.

Susan Higgins

Glad you enjoyed it, Alma!

Mark Fisher

Today is a Pythagorean Day.

Pythagorean Days
Posted on August 21, 2017 by NBP

Those of you who have been obsessing about today’s solar eclipse may have missed another equally amazing event just last Tuesday: the date, 8/15/17, made a Pythagorean triple.

A Pythagorean triple is a group of three positive integers that satisfy the equation a^2 + b^2 = c^2. According to the Pythagorean Theorem, by satisfying that equation, a and b can the legs and c can be the hypotenuse in a right triangle. Since

82 + 152 = 64 + 225 = 289 = 172, (8,15,17) is a Pythagorean triple.

There are lots of Pythagorean triples, but unfortunately, Pythagorean Days are actually quite rare. There are a few upcoming ones, like [b]12/16/20[/b] and 10/24/26, but those two are not as exciting since they’re multiples of earlier Pythagorean Days (namely 3/04/05 and 5/12/13). The only other day based on a primitive Pythagorean triple (not a multiple of an earlier one) is on July 24, 2025. And after that, there are no more this century, since the remaining Pythagorean triples, like (20,21,29), don’t correspond to calendar dates.

So, set your calendars for 8 years from now. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime event that won’t burn your retinas.

Mark Fisher

Happy Embertide December 16! The 351st day of the year. Now I wonder why the three dates skip a day. As well, 16 + 18 + 19 = 1*53.

Susan Higgins

Hi Mark, we explain in the story, “The significance of the days of the week is that Wednesday was the day Christ was betrayed, Friday was the day He was crucified, and Saturday was the day He was entombed.”

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