Category Traditions

Today is the day of St Michael and All Angels – Michaelmas Day

There is a perk on this day if you are interested. By tradition one may sleep late on St Michael’s Day! This tradition says that:          ‘Nature requires five and Custom gives seven; Laziness takes nine, and Michaelmas eleven.’ 29th September is one of the four days of the year on which quarterly rents are/were traditionally […]

Just so you know – in Britain we have a rhyme on July 15th every year

15th July has a rhyme: St Swithin’s Day, if it does rain; Full forty days, it will remain; St Swithin’s Day, if it be fair; For forty days, t’will rain no more. Celebrated (or berated as the case may be!) on July 15th, weather sayings pertaining to St. Swithin’s Day are probably the most famous […]

May Day and some ‘rules’ and ‘alternatives’

It was today, 1st May 1978, that we in Great Britain celebrated a new day off from work! It was called the May Day Bank holiday! Being British, and free from a daily work whatever that might be, many of those that could went walking in their local park. All across the country many of […]

The First of May – and/or – it’s traditions

Here is my first ‘snippet’ posted on both of my blogs today 1st May 2017: The day today – and every year – people all over the world will be celebrating May Day. For some it is, and always has been, a festival to mark the arrival of spring. In Pre-Christian times it was the […]

The Kate Kennedy Procession

Every year – generally on the second Saturday afternoon of April – thousands of students and citizens gather on the cobbled streets of St Andrews to watch Scotland’s oldest historical pageant. This year, at 2pm on Saturday 8th April 2017, the annual Kate Kennedy Procession will leave the medieval gates of St Salvator’s College on North […]

Candlemas in the Christian Church and in traditional beliefs

2nd February is Candlemas when the Christian Church commemorates the occasion when the Virgin Mary, in obedience to Jewish law, went to the Temple in Jerusalem both to be purified 40 days after the birth of her son, and to present her son Jesus to God as her firstborn. Throughout the centuries in Britain Candlemas […]

The Kiplingcotes Derby

The 3rd Thursday in March every year – so this year on Thursday 17th March 2016 – sees the Kiplingcotes Derby takes place at a small hamlet close to Market Weighton in the East Riding of Yorkshire. It has firm records dating back to 1618 with an endowment being given in 1619. However, it reputedly […]