cross-quarter days (rather than solstices and equinoxes) mark the
beginnings of seasons in ancient Irish and east Asian cultures.
Even though these four days --- halfway between the solstice and
equinox --- are primarily pagan holidays, we tend to celebrate them
without knowing it with Groundhog's Day, May Day, and Halloween.
And I've noticed that the cross-quarter days do feel like more
realistic representations of the annual divide than the more mainstream
seasonal holidays of Christmas/Solstice and Easter/Equinox.
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