Category Archives: Festivities

Know Your Stuff | British Festivities/Holidays

New Year’s Day – January 1

Celebrates the new year by having a first footer step over the threshold.


Twelfth Night – January 5

Celebrated the night before Epiphany, it is tradition to take down your Christmas tree to avoid having bad luck.

Candlemas Day – February 2

This day marks the middle of the winter season – from the shortest day of the year to the Spring Equinox. This day also celebrates the cleansing of Mary.

Valentine’s Day – February 14

This day is celebrated with the giving of gifts, as well as writing verses of love in newspapers and magazines for your special someone.

St. David’s Day (Wales) – March 1

St. David’s day is to celebrate the man, Dewi Sant, who spread Christianity throughout Wales.


St. Patrick’s Day – March 17

Though this is an Irish holiday, the English will also celebrate with parades and parties.

Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) – Day Before Lent – March/April

Many celebrate this day by eating pancakes, as they contain many ingredients that are inappropriate for lent.

Lent – March/April

The first day of lent is 40 days before Easter. Many people give up something they enjoy during lent.

Mothering Sunday – 4th Sunday of Lent – March/April

Mothering Sunday is a day where children generally honor their mothers by giving them a gift and a card.

Maundy Thursday – Thursday Before Easter – March/April

Remembered as the day Jesus had his last supper.

Easter – March/April

Many people go to church on this sunday to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. This day is also celebrated by the giving of eggs.

April Fool’s Day – April 1

Much like other countries with this holiday, it is a day where people play practical jokes on each other.

St. George’s Day (England’s National Day) – April 23

Celebrating with parades, some people celebrate St. George who is said to have defeated a dragon.

May Day – May 1

This day is celebrated beautifully with may poles and flowers.

Trooping the Colours – Sometime in June

Trooping the Colours is celebrated every year with the British Army and the regiments of the Commonwealth performing a ceremony.

Wimbledon Tennis Tournament – Sometime in June

People attend the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament.

Swan Upping – Third Week of July

Many celebrate this day by going to the River Thames and watching a procession of swans and traditional boats.

Notting Hill Carnival – Last Monday in August

On this day, there is a street festival that millions go to see and participate in every year.

Harvest Festival – On or Near the Sunday of the Harvest Moon

A day to celebrate the growth of crops on the land.

Halloween – October 31

A day where people dress up, bob for apples and have bonfires.

Bonfire Night (Guy Fawkes Day) – November 5

This day is in celebration of the failed gunpowder attempt to blow up the house of Parliament in 1605. It is celebrated with fireworks at night.

Remembrance Day – November 11

This day recognizes the end of WWI. Many people wear a poppy in their pocket in remembrance.

St. Andrew’s Day – November 30

Advent – December 1-24

On the first 24 days of December, Advent celebrates the coming of Jesus.

Christmas – December 25

This day is celebrated by friends and family by giving gifts and going to a special Sunday service at church.

Boxing Day – December 26

Traditionally, this is the day that servants were able to celebrate Christmas, as they were serving their masters the day before.

Olympic Games | Your Guide to the Olympic and Paralympic Games!

This is in .pdf form, so click the following link:

Happy Father’s Day! (2012)

News | Sex Pistols on list for Olympics’ opening ceremony

The Sex Pistols’ song appears on a leaked list of music proposed for the ceremony on July 27, alongside some more notable classics.

The song includes the lines: “God save the Queen, the fascist regime…God save the Queen, she ain’t no human being” and ends: “No future, no future, no future for you.”

Use of the track, which was banned by the BBC when it was released in 1977, reflects an eclectic and controversial style to be adopted by Danny Boyle, the creative director, in contrast with that of the Golden Jubilee concert earlier this month.

The list also includes Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s Relax, which was similarly banned by the BBC when it was released in 1984 on the grounds of its explicit lyrics.

Other music on the list of 86 tracks is more traditional, including patriotic favourites such as Land Of Hope And Glory, Jerusalem and the Dambusters March.

Tracks by the elder statesmen of British pop music are included, such as The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and David Bowie.

And there are classics such as London Calling by The Clash, Going Underground by The Jam, My Generation by The Who and Rudy by The Specials.

They come alongside more recent tunes such as the Sugababes, Push the Button, Amy Winehouse’s version of Valerie and Adele’s Rolling in the Deep.

Rock acts such as Radiohead, Coldplay, Muse, Oasis and Blur are on the list alongside rappers such as Rizzle Kicks, Tinie Tempa and Dizzee Rascal.

Classic TV and radio theme tunes include Eastenders, Coronation Street, the Archers and the BBC news and film theme tunes such as Chariots of Fire and the James Bond Theme.

Among the fun tunes listed are My Boy Lollipop and Tiger Feet, but there is no room for performers at the Diamond Jubilee Concert including Cliff Richard, Elton John, and Tom Jones.

The music will be mixed together by Underworld – DJs Karl Hyde and Rick Smith – at Abbey Road Studios and the pair have included their own dance music classic Born Slippy, which featured in Boyle’s film Trainspotting, as well as the Prodigy’s Firestarter.

Mr Boyle, 55, has already revealed that the spectacular will feature a Glastonbury-style “mosh pit” but an Olympics spokesman said: “We want the ceremony to be a fantastic surprise for the watching world, and we want the British public to be proud of it.

“There is endless speculation about the content – much of which is simply guesswork, as we are keeping the show under wraps.”

Music for Anglophiles | “Sing” EP, by Gary Barlow & The Commonwealth Band

A very special souvenir album celebrating the Diamond Jubilee. Includes “Sing”, written by Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber featuring the Military Wives and artists from around the Commonwealth, including Prince Harry on tambourine. Also includes “Here Comes the Sun” performed by Gary Barlow & The Commonwealth Band. The album also features Alfie Boe, Hayley Westenra and Laura Wright.

Sing EP

News | Prince Charles is now people’s choice to succeed the Queen Elizabeth II: Poll

In a change of mood after the gala diamond jubilee celebrations, Prince Charles has overtaken his son William as the people’s choice to succeed Queen Elizabeth II, according to a new poll here.

A YouGov poll for The Times said that Charles, 63, is now considered the best person to take over the throne, reversing previous findings that the crown should go straight to Prince William.

A fortnight ago, 44 per cent of people said they would prefer William, 29, to be the next king, compared with 38 per cent who favoured Charles. Following the jubilee, the figures have been exactly reversed.

The last poll to record Charles as the favoured successor to the 86-year-old Queen was in 2005.

The celebrations, including Charles’s witty speech after the concert and the way he stood in for his father, who was taken to hospital with a bladder infection, have boosted his popularity.

The Duke of Edinburgh was released from hospital later and and celebrated his 91st birthday with the Queen in private.

Philip’s popularity has also risen. Before the jubilee events, 47 per cent said Philip was an asset to the royal family but now 58 per cent say so.

Support for the Queen and royal family remains high, with 75 per cent of people saying they want to keep the monarchy.

Buckingham Palace said the Queen received 71,000 emails and 60,000 letters of congratulations for the jubilee.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert Video [by Paradiso122]

You can watch it all by clicking on the link provided. You’re welcome! Do enjoy it! (I do not own the rights to the video)

Here’s the line-up:

Alfie Boe

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Annie Lennox

Cliff Richard

Ed Sheeran

Elton John

Gary Barlow

Grace Jones


Jessie J

Jools Holland

Kylie Minogue

Lang Lang


Paul McCartney

Renée Fleming

Robbie Williams

Ruby Turner

Shirley Bassey

Stevie Wonder

Tom Jones

News | The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee “Thank You” Message

I don’t own the rights to this video.

Etsy Finds | The Jubilee Edition, Part 2!

As usual, click on the pictures for more information about the items! Enjoy your Jubilee weekend! x


SALE Jubilee Crown Necklace, silver plated chainDiamond Jubilee print, Union Jack crown, 11 x 17in (A3) commemorative posterJubilee SALE British Red Telephone Box London Jubilee Bunting UK phone box

Watch the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant LIVE!, wherever you are!

It is very, very simple. Just go to and Bob’s your uncle. Enjoy it! (June 3rd, 2012)