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TRADITIONAL CELEBRATIONS

Celebrate Traditional British Holidays & Celebrations.

DAYS TO CELEBRATE THROUGH THE YEAR

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 and recognised as the last day of the Christmas festive season. It is the tradition to take down your Christmas tree to avoid bad luck in the year ahead. Twelfth Cake has been made to mark the Twelfth night for hundreds of years, learn more about its history and read the recipe from John Mollard, The Art of Cookery. (London 1803) here

FEBRUARY

CANDLEMAS DAY

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
Find British made Candles

FEBRUARY

VALENTINES DAY

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

MARCH

ST. DAVID’S DAY

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

MARCH

ST. PATRICKS DAY

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

SHROVE TUESDAY – PANCAKE DAY

FEBRUARY

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.

MOTHERING SUNDAY

MARCH

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.

EASTER

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

APRIL

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

MAY DAY

MAY

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

HARVEST FESTIVAL

SEPTEMBER

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

Support your local Fruit and Veg farmers and buy local.

BONFIRE NIGHT – GUY FAWKS

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

Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason, why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

Guy Fawkes Night

ST ANDREWS DAY

NOVEMBER

Celebrating the Patron Saint of Scotland

CHRISTMAS DAY

DECEMBER

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

BOXING DAY

DECEMBER

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

Discover

Discover lesser known and unusual traditions from local village folklore to centuries old tales .

Enjoy

Enjoy discovering traditional products and crafts associated with the different celebrations around the country.

Take Part

Explore British Culture by taking part in the many festivals and celebrations throughout the year.

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