In doing research for a new post on the Feast of the Annunciation, I came across a bouquet of information about celebrating March 25 as the “Day of the Unborn Child” visit http://dayoftheunbornchild.com/Day
This relatively new campaign was created to promote such an observance on this most glorious Feast Day. I think it’s a brilliant idea and am a bit shamefaced that I didn’t learn about it sooner.
The Feast of the Annunciation has long held a place in the hearts of the faithful, celebrating, as it does, the actual Incarnation of our Lord and Savior as the Word was made flesh in the womb of his mother. It seems like a wonderful idea to share the importance of it with as many people as possible by way of cards, banners, e-mails and the like.
Traditionally, this day, also called “Lady Day” in some countries, has been a time of real significance. In fact, it used to be New Year’s Day as was the case in England as late as 1752.
It has long been associated with the return of the spring birds and other critters who burrow in for the winter as well as the sowing of seeds. These are beautiful images to work with when bringing this feast into a home setting.
In fact, this morning when I looked out the patio doors, I saw that our chipmunks had picked Our Lady’s Day to return. The pair of them were stuffing their faces on bird seed with palpable glee and we were very over joyed to see them.
I really like the idea of focusing on the feast as “the Day of the Unborn Child,” as emblematic of the life and the salvation that Mary agreed to bring into the world. Next year, I think, our celebration will expand in connection with that campaign.
I can see a special menu, cooked up in honor of Mary and some bright and happy faces around the table as we celebrate the life she carries.
For tonight though, I’ll stick to the regular menu we’ve enjoyed for some years: waffles with lingonberries which is a Swedish tradition on this day. The lingonberries, of course, speak of the new growth of spring and they taste ever so good.