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25 January - The birthday of Robert Burns, Scotland's greatest bard, traditionally celebrated with a Burns supper, a meal at which his poems are recited.
The Goodwin Sands is a treacherous sand bank in the Channel a few miles off Deal, which has been the site of litterally hundreds of shipwrecks in centuries past, one of the last notable victims being the Ross Revenge, last of the pirate radio ships, in 1991. Read More »
Some sources say this festival takes place on the Monday after twelfth night (Plough Monday), the tuesday following Plough Monday or the Saturday. Either way, a man is dressed from head to foot in straw bundles and dances around the town of Whittlesey, going from house to house looking for gifts of food, money and beer. Read More »
25 July - The horn fair is a centuries old that was revived in Ebernoe in 1864. The current festivities aurround a cricket match between the Ebernoe team and that of a nearby village. The highest scoring batsman receives a pair of horns taken from a sheep that the villages had been roasting throughout the day.
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4 July - Whalton Baal Festival is a traditional Midsummer fire festival, probably deriving from Celtic times. Baal derives from an old word for light.
15 July - The Bishop of Winchester or St Swithin died in AD 862. In legend the monks could not remove his body for 40 days and 40 nights because of torrential rain. It has now become folklore that if it rains on St Swithins day, it will rain for 40 days and 40 nights.
5 July - An open air meeting on Tynwald Hill, said to have been built from a portion of the soil from each region of the island. Read More »
2 February - Candle Mass is a Christian festival of blessing the candles.
1 February - St Brigit is a Christianised version of Brighid or Bride, a goddess associated with the beginning of spring, once widely venerated in by the Celts.
2nd February - The annual street ball game in Jedburgh, it said to have originally been played with the severed heads of border raiders.
14 February - An ancient festival dedicated later to St Valentine. It is associated with love and marriage. In the past some of its customs involved looking into the future to try and reveal the identity of future partners.
3 February - Blessing the throats at St Etheldreda's Church, Ely Place, London. Throat complaint sufferers are blessed by invoking St Blaise, the patron Saint of people with throat problems
30 November - St Andrews Day, patron Saint of Scotland.
23 November - The Patron Saint of Iron workers, it is possibly an earlier festival date of Wayland or another smith god.
11 November - The feast of St Martin of Tours, a Roman soldier who became famous as a bishop. It marked the onset of winter time proper.
5 November - Celebration to commemorate the saving of the Houses of Parliament from the Gunpowder Plotters in 1605. The festival was decreed by an act of parliament. It is celebrated with bonfires and fireworks and the traditional burning of a dummy called the Guy. The original plotters were hung, drawn and quartered in London. Read More »
2 November - All Souls Day is related to Samhain and commemorating the dead.
30th April - Walpurgis Night, Beltane Eve, the Celtic Fire Festival celebrating the coming of summer.
28 April - Start of the Roman festival of Florania, to the goddess of flowering plants and sexuality.
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.
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21st April - Roman festival to the guardian of livestock, also the day that Romulus and Remus discovered Rome.
15th April - Roman offering to Tellus, a version of the earth mother. Usually an unborn calf was burned to protect their farms.
1st April - The morning of April the 1st has long been associated with trickery and practical jokes.
31st October - The Samhain festival marked the end of summer and the beginning of winter in the Celtic calendar, and is one of the four Celtic fire festivals - the quarter points in the solar year. It marked the point in the year were a time of plenty gave way to more lean times, in all probability the reason for its association with dread and eeriness. Read More »
Held on the nearest Saturday to the 18th October, the festival was established in 1267 and involved the distribution of crab-apples amid fun, games and traditional Cumberland Wrestling.