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Traditional Celebrations

DAYS TO CELEBRATE THROUGH THE YEAR

Celebrate Traditional British Holidays & Celebrations. A guide to traditional British holidays and celebrations throughout the year. Learn about age old customs and traditions. Celebrate with your friends and family as you mark the occasions.

January

TWELFTH NIGHT

Celebrated on the 5th of January

Recognised as the last day of the Christmas festive season. It is tradition to take down your Christmas tree and decorations to avoid bad luck in the year ahead.

Twelfth Cake has been made to mark the Twelfth night for hundreds of years. Click here to read the recipe from John Mollard, The Art of Cookery. (London 1803) here

February

CANDLEMAS

Celebrated on the 2nd February

Candlemas is the last festival in the Christian Christmas calendar. It is tradition (although not so popular these days) for people to have light candles in their windows on the night. Read more about Candlemas and it’s traditions here

VALENTINES DAY

Celebrated on the 14th February

Send the one you love a Valentines gift & card. See here for a selection of Gifts for her – and Gifts for him on our Pinterest boards. If you are looking for something sweet try some Demarquette Fine Chocolates

SHROVE TUESDAY – PANCAKE DAY

Celebrated on the 16th ‎February 2021

Everybody loves pancakes, and Shrove Tuesday is the perfect day to indulge. Make pancakes the traditional way with lemon and sugar or choose your own flavours and toppings. There are local celebrations and ‘Pancake Races’ held up and down the country.

March

ST. DAVID’S DAY

Celebrated on the 1st of March

Celebrating the patron Saint of Wales, St David, the celebration is marked with parades, the wearing leeks and feasts. Click here for a selection of delicious Welsh recipes for St Davids Day.
Read more on Leeks – a short history

ST. PATRICKS DAY

Celebrated on the 17th March

Celebrating the Patron Saint of Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish National festival celebrated around the world. Guinness, the Shamrock are popularly associated with the day, and don’t forget to wear green, so you don’t get pinched! . Click here for St Patricks day info and parade information

MOTHERING SUNDAY

Celebrated on the 14th March 2021

Mothers Days is celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent. Buy a great British made gift or British Flowers for your mother on Mothers Day.

April

EASTER SUNDAY

Celebrated on the 4th April

Take Part in an Easter egg hunt or make your own hot cross buns this year. Read more on the History of the Hot Cross Bun

ST GEORGES DAY

Celebrated on the 23rd April

Celebrating the Patron Saint of England – St George. St. George’s Day bunting Book a Morris Dancer

May

MAY DAY

Celebrated on the 3rd May 2021

May Day has been celebrated in England for centuries, and traditional celebrations include Morris dancing, maypole dancing and the crowning a May Queen.

September

HARVEST FESTIVAL

Celebrated on the Sunday nearest to Harvest Moon

On or Near the Sunday of the Harvest Moon
Harvest Home is a traditional English harvest festival celebrated since pagan times. This festival celebrates agriculture and rural heritage with events held throughout the country each year, including the RHS London Harvest Festival Show Traditionally Corn Dollies, woven straw figures are made at this time, click here for Corn Dolly Makers

October

Punky Night

Celebrated on the 29th October

Punky night is a local Somerset tradition where lanterns are made out of manglewurzel (or mangold) and villagers gather together for a procession with prizes given out for the best ‘punkies’. Legend has it that one night when the men of the village were so drunk they couldn’t get home. Their angry wives fashioned lanterns and went out in search of them.

November

BONFIRE NIGHT – GUY FAWKS

Celebrated on the 5th of November

One of the biggest occasions for fireworks in Britain is Guy Fawkes Night held each year in November.

Commemorated with fireworks and burning effigies of Guy Fawkes on the bonfire. Traditionally people eat Parkin Cake a sticky ginger cake made with black treacle and golden syrup that is traditionally eaten on Guy Fawkes Night.
Kimbolton Fireworks

ST ANDREWS DAY

Celebrated on the 30th November

Celebrating the Patron Saint of Scotland

December

CHRISTMAS DAY

Celebrated on the 25th December

Looking for British Christmas trees and Cards
Check out the Love Buying British Traditional Christmas Pinterest Board
 

BOXING DAY

Celebrated on the 26th December

Boxing Day is a traditional day of celebration during the Christmas holidays.

Discover

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Enjoy

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