🗓️ October 29
Welcome to the wonderful world of Hermit Day, a celebration that is so exclusive, even the hermits themselves would be shocked to hear about it!
It’s a day to honor the hermits of yore, those who chose to live a life of solitude, away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world, sometimes with some furry companions by their side.
Hermit Day originated in honor of Saint Colman mac Duagh, a legendary Irish hermit who lived a life of solitude in a cave in County Clare in the year 560 AD.
He was the son of the Irish chieftain Duac and was known for his pious ways and devotion to prayer and fasting. It is said that he had several animal companions, including a rooster, a mouse and a fly, who were his only companions in his isolated existence.
The rooster helped was his alarm clock. The mouse to waken him for his nightly prayers. And the fly would help him with reading, resting at the point where
Hermit Day celebrates the role that hermits have played in mythology and culture throughout the ages.
According to Merriam-Webster, a hermit is “a person who lives in solitude.”
From Diogenes, the ancient Greek philosopher who lived in a barrel, to the wise old sage in a fairy tale, hermits have always been revered for their wisdom and knowledge.
If you’re looking to celebrate Hermit Day, there are plenty of options.
You can spend time in solitude and reflection, take a walk in nature, or spend time with your animal companions.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you could even try living like a hermit for a day by turning off your phone!
And if you’re not quite ready to embrace your inner hermit, there are plenty of other ways to celebrate the day. You could Read a book about Saint Colman or another famous hermit, visit a local hermitage or monastery, or simply take some time to be quiet and still.
Whether you choose to celebrate it or not is up to you, but either way, take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices and dedication of the hermits who have come before us.
After all, even a hermit needs a day off now and then!