Definitions for halcyon days
Period of calm during the winter, when storms do not occur.
A period of calm, often nostalgic: u201Chalcyon days of yoreu201D, u201Chalcyon days of youthu201D.
Origin: From 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.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
days of peace, happiness, and prosperity, properly the seven days before and the seven after the winter Solstice, days of quiet, during which the halcyon, or kingfisher, is fabled to be breeding.
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