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From Wikipedia:  “Erzulie Fréda Dahomey, the Rada aspect of Erzulie, is the spirit of love, beauty, jewelry, dancing, luxury, and flowers. She wears three wedding rings, one for each husband – Damballa, Agwe and Ogoun. Her symbol is a heart, her colours are pink, blue, white and gold, and her favourite sacrifices include jewellery, perfume, sweet cakes and liqueurs. Coquettish and very fond of beauty and finery, Erzulie Freda is femininity and compassion embodied, yet she also has a darker side; she is seen as jealous and spoiled and within some vodoun circles is considered to be lazy.”

The Black Madonna

So, what is Erzulia? It’s a made-up holiday that celebrates the six aspects of Erzulie Freda: love, beauty, dancing, jewelry, luxury, and flowers. It begins on the second Monday in February, and continues for six days  – one for each aspect. This all began several years ago, when a friend of mine, in a fit of pique, decided that Valentine’s Day was for suckers and she was going to celebrate something she could really get behind. Hallmark hasn’t picked up on this one yet, so we’re spreading the word one blog post at a time.

The best part of Erzulia is that it doesn’t matter which day you celebrate which aspect, so you can let things fall organically. Yesterday was a very long work day – twelve hours in all, most of it done at top speed. Honestly, I didn’t even think about Erzulia until I got home last night and R greeted me with gifts. I love how excited he gets about gift-giving! We exchanged presents last night (his wasn’t really finished, but I was able to give him an idea of what I was going for). He gave me this beautiful pewter necklace:

So yesterday was Jewelry day by default. Yay! I’m wearing it today, and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

Today we’re celebrating Luxury in a number of ways. First of all, we managed to juggle our busy work schedules this week so that we could spend the whole day together (even tonight, as we’re running the same show). We had lunch at Psycho Suzi’s, our favorite tiki bar and the place we had our first date. Tonight when we get home, we’re planning on watching the last episode of season six of Dr. Who — we’ve been saving it, and we’re both way more excited than we should be. Ryan got pie and Izzy’s ice cream, and we’re going to enjoy a quiet evening at home with each other and the kitties.

Stay tuned for the rest of the week. I’ll keep listing our little celebrations and more fun facts about Erzulie. Feel free to join in – the more the merrier! Leave me a comment telling me which aspect you’re celebrating each day, and how.

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