In Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, the living residents of a small English city descend on the Old Town Square wearing white flowers in their lapels, and when the clock strikes midnight they dance the Macabray with some of the more…unusual residents of the town. Then, the clock strikes midnight again, and it is as if it never happened.

The only reason I mention it is that it reminds me eerily of the Diner en Blanc, a somewhat mystical event that happens in Paris every year, and will be taking place in New York for the first time this year.

The New York Times describes it thus:

“This annual event, called the Dîner en Blanc — the “dinner in white” — is like a gustatory Brigadoon, equal parts mystery, anachronism and caprice.”

You can read the full article (and find out how to sign up for it in New York) here