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Shrove Tuesday

The word shrove comes from the Old English word shrive meaning penance. It’s the day before Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent a time of fasting. The date changes each year as it is dependent on the … Continue reading

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Hogmanay

Hogmanay is the Scots word for the last day of the year. It’s an unusual word and the etymology is uncertain, but the first written record of it dates back to 1604. Historically, in Scotland New Year was more important … 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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New Year Traditions in Germany

I came across this article about a fortune-telling tradition last year and thought now would be a good time to share it. If you decide to try it, have fun, and do leave a comment below to tell me what … Continue reading

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Who was St Nicholas?

Over the next 18 days, children around the world will be counting down the days, beside themselves with excitement for the annual visit of an elderly gentleman who will bring them gifts – if they’ve been good.  We call him … Continue reading

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How do they celebrate Christmas in Australia?

This is a guest post from Ian Middleton. I live in Sydney, and have had the last 5 Xmases here. Pre Xmas, there are all the usual festivities, although Cities tend not to put up lights, just massive artificial trees. … Continue reading

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How do they celebrate Christmas in…

Over the last two Decembers I have published a series of posts about how Christmas is celebrated in different countries. There are quite a few of them now, and I shall be continuing the series in future Decembers, so I … Continue reading

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