Happy New Year!

| March 25, 2018

That got your attention, didn’t it? Ha! Yes, today is the start of the new calendar year – well, it would be if we were living in Tudor times! Yes, back in Tudor times (actually until 1752!), the new calendar year started on 25th March, which was Lady Day. Historians and researchers have to take […]

Happy New Year or Happy Lady Day!

| March 25, 2014

Happy New Year or Happy Lady Day!

Before you think I’ve gone mad, let me just explain that 25th March, or Lady Day, was the start of the New Year in Tudor times. Lady Day, or the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin, was a feast day commemorating the day that the Virgin Mary was first told by the Angel […]

25 March – Lady Day

| March 25, 2013

25 March – Lady Day

Today is Lady Day, the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin and the official start of the new year, in a legal and calendar sense, in Tudor England. In fact, it was the start of the new year in England until 1752 when 1st January became the official start. What’s confusing is that […]