Category Traditions

John Knill and St. James’s Day

‘Till St. James’s Day be come and gone, you may have hops or you may have none.’ John Knill was an articled clerk to a solicitor in Penzance and was a Collector of Customs at St. Ives between 1762 and 1782.  He was also Mayor of the town in 1767. He was a well-respected citizen […]

Some February Traditions, Celebrations & Superstitions

February was, for the Romans, the month of atonement and purification, the time to regret sins and put things right.  Purification is also the concept in the Christian festival of Candlemas – the fortieth day after the birth of Christ and known as the ‘Presentation of Christ in the Temple’.  As such it was the […]

Fancy a day out this Saturday 6th January?

It is Haxey Hood day – the day when a part of the Isle of Axholme goes a bit crazy for the afternoon to mark one of England’s oldest traditions.  Where is it? It’s in North Lincolnshire – the only part of Lincolnshire west of the River Trent – and between the three towns of […]

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 […]