THE NAME HALCYON DAYS
Origin and Legend
The idea that the bird had the power to calm the sea began with a myth recorded by Ovid. Aeolus, the ruler of the winds, had a daughter named Alcyone, married to Ceyx, the King of Thessaly. The story goes that Ceyx was tragically drowned at sea, causing her to throw herself into the waves in an outburst of grief, desperate to join her husband in death. However, Alcyone did not drown. Instead, she was transformed into a beautiful bird and carried peacefully to her husband by the wind.
" OUR NAME IS STEEPED IN HISTORY, JUST LIKE OUR BRAND. "
Pamela Harper, Chairman & CEO of Halcyon Days
THE MYTH CONTINUES
In the 14th century the myth entered the English-speaking world and by the 16th century the phrase ‘halcyon days’ had taken on a new meaning. It lost its association with the nesting bird and began to figuratively mean ‘calm days’. Shakespeare used this phrase in 1592 in his play Henry VI and in 1605 in his play King Lear.
Our current use of 'halcyon days' tends to be nostalgic and recalling of the seemingly endless sunny days of youth - despite the fact that the original halcyon days were in the depths of winter.