Tag: traditions

Love and kisses: the allure of St Valentine’s Day 

How has one of the oldest gift-giving days in the calendar become the St Valentine’s Day we now know (and secretly love)?

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In the shadow of Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day looms but if you have been too busy working to remember until now or you are struggling to make it home to say hello in person, it isn’t too late.  There are lots of inexpensive ways to celebrate.

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Valentine’s Day

If you’re wondering why everything is pink or red, the flower shops are doing a roaring trade and the restaurants are packed out with people looking dreamily at each other (or not) then it’s because today is Valentine’s Day. However,

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Punky Night

In the villages of Hinton St George and Chiselborough in Somerset England, the last Thursday in October is Punky Night. The villagers carve Jack-o-Lanterns out of a large variety of beet and parade through the town with them or bring

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中秋節

As you can see from the title, today is Zhongqiujie, or the Chinese Moon Festival. This is held on the fifteenth day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar and is held at a similar time as the Autumnal

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Ólavsøka

Hej fra Færøerne! Hello from the Faroe Islands! This week marks the Ólavsøka festival when the Parliament is opened on St Olav’s day. There are also sporting events such as rowing competitions, art exhibitions and folk music. Here’s some further

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Tartan Day

For those of you who are Scottish or have Scottish ancestry, here’s a little something that may interest you: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tartan_Day

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Well Dressing

On TOTD we like to bring you  those quirky oh so British customs. In Derbyshire May through to September sees the practice of Well Dressing. This ancient custom is popular all over Derbyshire and is thought to date back to

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May Day

Hello to you on this May Day Bank Holiday! Today countries all over the world will be celebrating with a variety of festivals and traditions. Here is some more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_Day

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Easter Monday

Hello, it’s Easter Monday as we’re sure you all know. We hope you all enjoyed your Easter Eggs and the time off. Now, Easter Monday is traditionally a time for a wide range of interesting local customs. Among these is

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