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Holy Innocents’ Day

| December 28, 2015

Holy Innocents’ Day

Today many countries around the world celebrate Holy Innocent’s Day, or Childermas, a feast day which commemorates the massacre of the baby boys which King Herod ordered in Bethlehem, in an attempt to kill the infant Jesus Christ. The story of the massacre is told in the Gospel of Matthew: “Then Herod, when he saw […]

25 March – Lady Day

| March 25, 2015

25 March – Lady Day

The Tudor tradition of Lady Day keeps Tudor historians and researchers on their toes, and causes confusion when dating events which happened between 1st January and 24th March. “Why?”, you may ask. Well, because in Tudor times the new calendar year did not start on 1st January, it started on 25th March, Lady Day or […]

Shrove Tuesday

| February 17, 2015

Shrove Tuesday

Today is Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day as some people call it, and it’s one of the three days which make up Shrovetide: Shrove Sunday, Collop Monday and Shrove Tuesday. You can read all about Lent and Shrovetide, plus get a Tudor recipe for pancakes, in my article Lent, Shrovetide, Shrove Sunday, Collop Monday and […]

Happy Kings’ Day!

| January 6, 2015

Happy Kings’ Day!

Today is Kings’ Day or the Feast of the Epiphany, a commemoration and celebration of the visit of the Magi to the Christ child. Happy Kings’ Day! You can read more about how this day was celebrated in Tudor times in my article over at The Tudor Society – click here to read that now. […]

28 December – Childermas

| December 28, 2014

28 December – Childermas

Today is Childermas (Children’s Mass) or Holy Innocents’ Day and it was part of the Twelve Days of Christmas celebrated in the Tudor period. This feast day commemorates the massacre of the baby boys which King Herod ordered in Bethlehem, in an attempt to kill the infant Jesus Christ. The innocent babies were seen by […]

31 October – Halloween or All Hallows Eve

| October 31, 2014

31 October – Halloween or All Hallows Eve

Happy Halloween! Today in many countries around the world children and adults will be dressing up in costume, carving pumpkins, going to parties, going trick or treating… having all kinds of fun, but what is Halloween really all about? Is it a celebration of all things paranormal and evil? Well, no, not originally anyway and […]