July Christmas is now quite ingrained in the culture that the Hallmark Channel has annual programming block and surrounding-based film output. The holiday spread is huge, requiring an entire summer month to go with its traditional December imprint and decades-long entrance in November.
Which makes a lot of people happy, so, great. It doesn’t hurt anyone. But for those of us without a lot of Christmas joy, July is tough. In December, there are solstice festivals and many religious observances derived from that time of year, as men celebrate going through the darkest moment of Earth’s orbit around the sun.
Chanukah is about the Maccabees, sure, but it’s definitely a festival of lights set around the winter solstice, the same category. If it’s a light show you’re looking for, for this summer vacation fix, America’s birthday is celebrated with fireworks in the night sky after the sun has taken its dear sweet moment ( and the whole world became well and drunk, as it were Ben Franklin is destined).
But the Fourth of July is solely American, and it is the 4th of July every year. Not to mention the other allure of Chanukah, the mystery of when it will be held each year in our solar calendar, that the Jewish calendar is lunar.
Good news: as America declared our independence from the British, we can enjoy a perfect new holiday to celebrate … uh …
It’s the day of the flying ant!
There is a natural wonder, since the swarms of flying ants fly so densely that they interfere Meteorological radar of England. Also, darkening the sky at the brightest time of the year, well, it’s just a perfect inversion of Chanukah, isn’t it?
There is a spirit of self-determination, as the flying ants are led by the young queens to start new colonies, after which they stop flying until the next Day of the Flying Ant.
There is a sexual liberation, as the queens mate with the half-flying male ants, who are preparing to populate those new colonies.
There is misery, as males, having served their purpose of solitary living, die alone.
There’s a funny warning about climate change, like the day of the Flying Ant linked to heat and humidity, and what was once a holiday commonly found on the calendar in early August now occurs in early July.
There is a literal plague, like Easter!
And there is one major sporting event. At least this year, as England and Italy play the Euro title on Sunday (3pm ET, ESPN / TUDN; England +160, Italy +200, Draw +200) at Wembley Stadium .
Unfortunately, there is already a flying celebration in relation to calcium-related insects, as a certain species of cicada in Ri-Bhoi, India, about halfway between Bhutan and Bangladesh, appears every four years. , just around the time of the World Cup.
Of course, next year’s World Cup is scheduled to take place in Qatar in November and December, so insects from northeast India will not have their chance to appear at the same time as the tournament.
It means we need Flying Ant Day today more than ever. Thanks ants. Thanks.