April to June
29th June - Feast of St. Peter and Paul
A pallium and obligations
27th June - Seven Sleepers
if it rains on Seven Sleeper’s Day, it will rain for the following seven weeks.
23rd and 24th June - St John’s Eve and Midsummer
Prayers were to ensure a plentiful harvest and to make sure "the white trout come up the river" with the mid-summer floods.
9th June - St Colmcille
On 22nd August, 565, St Colmcille is said to have encountered the Loch Ness Monster....
3rd June - St Kevin of Glendalough
According to legend, anyone who can wrap their arms around St. Kevin's Cross at Glendalough will receive their wish.
29th May - Oak Apple Day
Anyone who failed to wear a sprig of oak risked being pelted with bird's eggs or thrashed with nettles.
27th May - Saint Melangell
Brochwel Yscythrog, Prince of Powys was amazed to find a virgin of surpassing beauty, with the hare he had been pursuing under her robe, boldly facing the dogs...
19th May - St Yves, patron saint of Brittany
A flour bin found empty was found filled when Yves himself went to examine it - it was a miracle - the man is now a Saint.
19th May Wesak
Wesak Day is an officially recognized United Nations (UN) holiday that celebrates the birth of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.
16th May - St. Brendan the Navigator
Patron saint of boatmen, mariners, sailors, travellers, and whales.
The days of the Three Ice Men
The old proverb that warns not to plant until after the “Three Ice Men” have passed
30th April - Walpurgis Night
Chase off the witches, change your winter black for a summer white cap, join a choir and sing, have a picnic.
25th April - St Maughold, patron saint of the Isle of Man
St. Patrick ordered him to abandon himself to God on the sea in a coracle padlocked onto a chain, the key being thrown into the River Boyne.
23rd April - St George's Day
He killed the dragon and saved the princess.
15th April - St Ruadhán's Day
Fair was the gem, Ruadhán, lamp of Lorrha.
1st April - April Fools' Day
oh! what fun! poisson d’Avril (France) or pesce d’Aprile (Italy) - April Fishing...
A cheesy weekend and a cursed day....
Ascension Day is celebrated on a Thursday, 40 days after Easter Sunday
Spy Wednesday, Sheer Thursday, Sorrowful Friday, Clipping the Church and other traditions.
Easter and Hocktide
Egg Hunts, Egg Rolling and the Easter Bunny is banished for doing what Bunny's do best..... click here to read Anne's insights on this important festival
In Finland it is popular for children to dress up as Easter witches.