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January

5th - Twelfth Night. Twelfth cake eaten.
17th - Old Twelfth Night. Wassailing with cider in some parts of Somerset and Devon.
1st Monday after 12th Night - Plough Monday. Norfolk Plough Pudding
Evening of 20th - The Eve of St Agnes, Dumb Cake to be made by spinsters
30th - The anniversary of the execution of King Charles I. Calf's Head suppers.

February

2nd - Candlemass Day. The last day to eat-up Christmas foods like Goose Pie or Mincemeat
14th - Valentine's Day, Plum Shuttles eaten in Rutland
Day before Shrove Tuesday - Collop Monday. Eggs and Collops eaten.
Shrove Tuesday - Pancake Day. Pancakes eaten nationwide. Brasenose Ale in Oxford.
28th - End of the small bird shooting season
Ash Wednesday - Grey Peas and Bacon in the Black Country

March

5th Sunday in Lent - Carling Sunday. Fried Carling Peas in the North East
Variable between mid March and April.
Mothering Sunday or Simnel Day or Rose Day - Treats for mothers: Mothering Buns in Bristol, Simnel Cake in Bury and elsewhere. Braggot drunk in Eccles. Blackburn Fig Pie, Mothering Sunday Wafers, Mother's Day Cake, Frumenty or Furmety, Shrewsbury Simnel Cake
Burnley Fag Pie Sunday is the second Sunday before Easter
Variable between mid March and April.
Passover - Roast lamb on the bone, an adaptation of the Jewish 'Seder' meal.
Variable between mid March and April.
Easter - Easter Eggs, Tansy Pudding, Goosnargh Cake, Simnel Cake, Easter Biscuits, Coventry Godcakes, Easter Nests, Onion-Skin Eggs, Fig-Sue

April

23rd - St George's Day. Start of the asparagus season.
24th - St. Mark's Eve Dumb Cake
The 7th Sunday after Easter - Whitsun, or White-Sunday - Whitsun Ale.

May

1st - May day. May Cup
Early May - Cheese-rolling at Stilton.

June

4th - Eton College Prizegiving. Eton Mess.
Wybunbury Fig-Pie Wakes
Early June - Colchester Oyster Fayre

July

Whit Monday, around the 12th - Dunmow Flitch Trials
Mid-month - Pontefract Liquorice Festival
26th - St Anne's Day. Black Cherries at Chertsey Fair, Surrey
31st - Last day of the Naval Grog ration

August

1st Week - St. Wilfred's Day. Wilfra Tarts Eaten in Ripon
1st - Lambswool Ale in honour of the Goddess of fruits and seeds.
August 5th - Tosset Feast in Lancashire Tosset Cakes
Saturday nearest St Oswald's day (5th August) - Rush-bearing ceremony at Grasmere, Gingerbread
21st end of the Grog Ration
End of August - Bumpers on Cherry Sunday, Buckinghamshire

September

1st - Start of small bird shooting season
First Friday - Start of the oyster season. Oysters, gin and gingerbread at Colchester.
2nd Tuesday - Widecombe Fair. Spiced apple ale and gingerbread
29 September - Michaelmas, the beginning of autumn. Goose

October

Early October - Southend Whitebait Festival
21st - Trafalgar Night. Grand Naval dinners, each dish being given a fanciful Nelsonian name such as 'Victory Desert' and a toast made to "The Immortal Memory of Lord Nelson and those who fell with him" Dishes might include: Grog, Lord Nelson Sole, Lord Nelson Veal, Lord Nelson's Cutlets, Nelson Ball Pudding, Nelson Balls, Nelson Slices, Nelson Squares, Nelson's Blood, Victory V
30th - Halloween. Thorcake, Apple-Bobbing Punch

November

1st - Lambswool Ale in honour of the Goddess of fruits and seeds (alternative narrative to 1st August)
5th - Bonfire night. Parkin. Treacle toffee. Toffee Apples
Friday after the nearest Thursday to the 5th November - Bridgewater Carnival Cake
11th - Martinmass Beef
Around 23rd - Stir-up Sunday - Making of the Christmas Pudding mix. The 1st Sunday before Advent, traditionally the day when the reading in Churches begins 'Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people'.
last Thursday of November - The Vintners' Company hold a 'Swan Feast'
25th - The feast of St Catherine. Kattern cakes

December

23rd - Tom Bawcock's Eve. Stargazy pie eaten at Mosehole in Cornwall
25th - Christmas Dinner
26th - Boxing day, or St Stephen's Day, Goose Pie.


Table of Church Dates

Year Ash Wednesday - 1st day of LentMothering SundayCarlin SundayEaster DayAscension DayPentecost (Whit Sunday)First Sunday of AdventStir-Up Sunday
20008 Mar2 Apr9 Apr23 Apr1 Jun11 Jun3 Dec26 Nov
200128 Feb25 Mar1 Apr15 Apr24 May3 Jun2 Dec25 Nov
200213 Feb10 Mar17 Mar31 Mar9 May19 May1 Dec24 Nov
20035 Mar30 Mar6 Apr20 Apr29 May8 Jun30 Nov23 Nov
200425 Feb21 Mar28 Mar11 Apr20 May30 May28 Nov21 Nov
20059 Feb6 Mar13 Mar27 Mar5 May15 May27 Nov20 Nov
20061 Mar26 Mar2 Apr16 Apr25 May4 Jun3 Dec26 Nov
200721 Feb18 Mar25 Mar8 Apr17 May27 May2 Dec25 Nov
20086 Feb2 Mar9 Mar23 Mar1 May11 May30 Nov23 Nov
200925 Feb22 Mar29 Mar12 Apr21 May31 May29 Nov22 Nov
201017 Feb14 Mar21 Mar4 Apr13 May23 May28 Nov21 Nov
20119 Mar3 Apr10 Apr24 Apr2 Jun12 Jun27 Nov20 Nov
201222 Feb18 Mar25 Mar8 Apr17 May27 May2 Dec25 Nov
201313 Feb10 Mar17 Mar31 Mar9 May19 May1 Dec24 Nov
20145 Mar30 Mar6 Apr20 Apr29 May8 Jun30 Nov23 Nov
201518 Feb15 Mar22 Mar5 Apr14 May24 May29 Nov22 Nov
201610 Feb6 Mar13 Mar27 Mar5 May15 May27 Nov20 Nov
20171 Mar26 Mar2 Apr16 Apr25 May4 Jun3 Dec26 Nov
201814 Feb11 Mar18 Mar1 Apr10 May20 May2 Dec25 Nov
20196 Mar31 Mar7 Apr21 Apr30 May9 Jun1 Dec24 Nov
202026 Feb22 Mar29 Mar12 Apr21 May31 May29 Nov22 Nov
202117 Feb14 Mar21 Mar4 Apr13 May23 May28 Nov21 Nov
20222 Mar27 Mar3 Apr17 Apr26 May5 Jun27 Nov20 Nov
202322 Feb19 Mar26 Mar9 Apr18 May28 May3 Dec26 Nov
202414 Feb10 Mar17 Mar31 Mar9 May19 May1 Dec24 Nov
20255 Mar30 Mar6 Apr20 Apr29 May8 Jun30 Nov23 Nov
202618 Feb15 Mar22 Mar5 Apr14 May24 May29 Nov22 Nov
202710 Feb7 Mar14 Mar28 Mar6 May16 May28 Nov21 Nov
20281 Mar26 Mar2 Apr16 Apr25 May4 Jun3 Dec26 Nov
202914 Feb11 Mar18 Mar1 Apr10 May20 May2 Dec25 Nov
20306 Mar31 Mar7 Apr21 Apr30 May9 Jun1 Dec24 Nov

(Adapted from www.churchofengland.org)


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