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21st April - Roman festival to the guardian of livestock, also the day that Romulus and Remus discovered Rome.
Originally dating from 1190AD, the Parish Church of All Saints is a Grade I listed building. The grave yard attached to the church was used up to 1883, after which a closure order was made. Read More »
1st April - The morning of April the 1st has long been associated with trickery and practical jokes.
28 April - Start of the Roman festival of Florania, to the goddess of flowering plants and sexuality.
15th April - Roman offering to Tellus, a version of the earth mother. Usually an unborn calf was burned to protect their farms.
In 1911, the following description of this ancient Ashton custom appeared in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 4. Read More »
Today St George’s Day is not celebrated in England with anywhere near the vigour it was in past centuries, and is actually celebrated more in other countries that share his patronage, with traditions that have not been broken for hundreds of years. Read More »
24 April - The feast day of St Mark the Evangelist (founder of the Church of Alexandria) falls on 25th April, but there are some interesting folk customs that fall on the eve of the feast.
Divining Who Is To Die Read More »
30th April - Walpurgis Night, Beltane Eve, the Celtic Fire Festival celebrating the coming of summer.