Days that are good or peaceful, or have good will between men

  • Halcyon Days
  • Definition
    • One web dictionary defines 'halcyon days' here
    • It also says the following:
      • 1. calm; peaceful; tranquil: halcyon weather.
      • 2. rich; wealthy; prosperous: halcyon times of peace.
      • 3. happy; joyful; carefree: halcyon days of youth.
      • 4. of or pertaining to the halcyon or kingfisher.
      • 5. a mythical bird, usually identified with the kingfisher, said to breed about the time of the winter solstice in a nest floating on the sea, and to have the power of charming winds and waves into calmness.
      • 6. any of various kingfishers, especially of the genus Halcyon.
      • 7. ( initial capital letter ) Classical Mythology . Alcyone def. 2 .
    • Origin:

      1350–1400; < Latin < Greek halky?n, pseudo-etymological variant of alky?n kingfisher; replacing Middle English alceon, alicion < Latin alcyon < Greek
    • —Synonyms

      1. serene, placid, pacific, untroubled.
  • Another Definition - Halcyon Days
    • Etymology

      From Latin Alcyone, daughter of Aeolus and wife of Ceyx. When her husband died in a shipwreck, Alcyone threw herself into the sea whereupon the gods transformed them both into halcyon birds (kingfishers). When Alcyone made her nest on the beach, waves threatened to destroy it. Aeolus restrained his winds and made the waves be calm during seven days in each year, so she could lay her eggs. These became known as the "halcyon days", when storms never occur.

    • Noun
    • halcyon days (plurale tantum)
      • 1.Period of calm during the winter, when storms do not occur.
      • 2.(idiomatic) A period of calm, often nostalgic: “halcyon days of yore”, “halcyon days of youth”.
    • Quotations

      1880, 1891 , 2002 15th c., 16th c., 17th c., 18th c., 19th c., 20th c., 21st c.

      c.1880 — Ambrose Bierce, On a Mountain And, by the way, during those halcyon days (the halcyon was there, too, chattering above every creek, as he is all over the world) we fought another battle.

      1891 — Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, Book XXXIV Then for the teeming quietest, happiest days of all! The brooding and blissful halcyon days!

    • Halcyon Days are days when we feel blessed.
    • Well, prosperous, at peace with our fellow man.
    • Most of us have had many of these days.
    • We feel thankful for these days.
    • It is hoped that the photos and words will evoke the reader's memory of their own 'Halcyon Days'.