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30th january: chinese new year's eve

O fan of white silk, clear as frost on the grass-blade, You also are laid aside.  'Fan-Piece, For Her Imperial Lord' ..

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January 17th: st anthony the great

…..Hermits upon Mount Meru or Everest, Caverned in night under the drifted snow, Or where that snow and winter's dread..

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24 october: st crispin's eve

This day is call'd the feast of Crispian.  He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,  Will stand a tip-toe when th..

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30 april: beltane

‘Throughout recorded history it has taken very little persuasion to get English people to make a bonfire..’ ‘A Dictiona..

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20 june 2012: the aestival solstice

'.....On the hub of a burning wheel, you read a twinkling, sidereal calendar.  Each keyhole of light has decreed that we..

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Isabella beeton: born 12 march 1836

We may live without poetry, music and art; We may live without conscience and live without heart; We may live without ..

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Holy innocents day or 'childermas'

Lully, lullay, Thou little tiny Child, Bye, bye, lully, lullay. Lullay, thou little tiny Child, Bye, bye, lully, lull..

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March 7th: holi

Your veil of the saffron colour makes my eyes drunk. The jasmine wreath you wove me thrills to my heart like praise. ..

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29 may: royal oak day

‘Twenty ninth of May Royal Oak Day If you don’t give us a holiday We’ll all run away’ Children’s Rhyme c1860 Royal ..

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20th september: crying the neck

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16 february: shrove tuesday

I thought Shrove Tuesday was just about pancakes – a way of eating up leftovers before the start of the Lenten fast. How..

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1 march: st david's day

'Nothing I cared for, in the lamb white days, that time would take me Up to the swallow thronged loft by the shadow of m..

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29 august : the newlyn fish festival

..Narrow nightwatch nigh the ships head While tossed close to cliffs. Coldly afflicted, My feet were by frost benumbed..

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A frabjous day!

'Oh frabjous day! Callooh Callay! He chortled in his joy...' From: 'Jabberwocky' by Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) Well som..

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19 february 'riding the stang'

'If onny o’ you husbands your good wives do bang Let em cum to uz and we’ll ride em the stang' Yorkshire Riding Song (..

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23rd june: st john's eve.

‘When midsummer comes, with bavens and bromes they do bonefires make, and swiftly then, the young men runne leapinge ov..

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21 october: the battle of trafalgar 1805

'Old Slush at the door of his galley and Chips with his chest The barefooted man at the wheel in his trousers and vest ..

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22nd november. the centenary of the birth of benjamin britten.

Love will expire - the gay, the happy dreamWill turn to scorn, indiff'rence, or esteem:Some favour'd pairs, in this exch..

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