Category Archives: Customs and Traditions

Some Well-Dressed Wells in Derbyshire

Well dressing involves the dressing, or decorating, of wells and springs with flower petals, and, as such, it is sometimes known as well flowering. The custom is an ancient one and seems to be unique to England. It is particularly … Continue reading

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April Fools’ Day

April Fools’ Day, or All Fools’ Day, as it was originally called, is observed throughout the Western world and is generally celebrated by playing pranks on people, sending someone on a ‘fool’s errand’, looking for things that don’t exist or … Continue reading

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What is Burns Night?

Burns Night is held on or near the birthday of the Scottish poet, Robert Burns (1759-1796) on January 25th. It is a celebration of the poet’s life and poetry – and is celebrated in countries worldwide, generally wherever Scottish people … Continue reading

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Here We Come A-Wassailing

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Prelude to a Wassail. Broadmarsh Morris Men perform outside the White Horse before heading for the orchard. Author: Glyn Baker. geog.org.uk. Creative Commons Tomorrow is Twelfth Night, January 6th, the date traditionally accepted as the…

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Ring in the New Year!

Nowadays most new year celebrations around the world begin on December 31st, New Year’s Eve, and continue into the early hours of  January 1st, New Year’s Day. But this hasn’t always been the observed date. The earliest New Year celebrations … Continue reading

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What Shall We Do On Boxing Day?

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So, today is Boxing Day here in the U.K. – the day after Christmas Day that serves to stretch the holiday out just that little bit longer. The day is a national holiday, which most…

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O Holy Night

I’d intended to include this section in my post about the history of Christmas carols yesterday, but decided against it when I realised I had more to write about than was wise for a single post. In addition, the focus … Continue reading

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A Chirp about Carol Singing

The word ‘Carol’ means a dance or song of praise and joy, originally written to be sung on various occasions throughout the year. Christmas carols are songs or hymns with lyrics specifically on the theme of  Christmas, and have been sung over the … Continue reading

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WInter Solstice Celebrations Through Time

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The word solstice comes from the Latin word, solstitium, which means ‘Sun standing still’. The December solstice is the day on which the Sun is at its most southerly point, directly overhead at the Tropic…

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A Fairytale Christmas at Doddington Hall

Doddington Hall is a family home located in the village of Doddington about five miles from the city of Lincoln, UK. It was built in the 16th century and is similar in design to other Elizabethan halls built at that … Continue reading

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