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Summer Solstice

In the Northern hemisphere, the summer solstice is the name given to the longest day of the year – i.e. the day when the sun appears highest in the sky and there is more sunlight than on any other day … Continue reading

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The Festival of Yule

As part of their Christmas celebrations, many people will probably be tucking into a delicious chocolate cake called a “Yule Log”, or they might even recognise the name “Yuletide” for this time of year, which features in the odd Christmas … Continue reading

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Autumn Equinox

Many cultures around the world hold celebrations on or close to the September equinox every year.  The date changes slightly due to it being based on the movement of celestial bodies rather than our modern calendar, with this year’s festival … Continue reading

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Lughnasadh

Lughnasadh pronounced loo-na-sa takes place on the 1st of August. It’s a pagan festival which marks the beginning of the harvest season. It’s named after the Irish god Lugh who was the god of skills, crafts and swordsmanship amongst other … Continue reading

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Why do we celebrate Halloween

Here’s another post from Blue Badge Guide Ian Braisby, who is one half of the successful Birmingham Ghost Walks. For most people, Halloween is a night when people (especially children) dress up as witches, ghosts or some other supernatural creature, … Continue reading

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What are the origins of Valentine’s Day?

Today is Valentine’s Day so I thought it was a good opportunity to explore the origins of this day. Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day on the 14th February? There have been several St Valentine’s throughout history, but the most … Continue reading

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