What Are Some Holidays in England?

What Are Some Holidays in England?

What Are Some Holidays in England?

England celebrates many holidays that are unique to the country, including Twelfth Night, Shrove Tuesday and Lent, Mothering Sunday, St. George's Day and Bonfire Night. England also celebrates several holidays in common with the United States, such as Easter and Christmas.

Epiphany, which falls on January 6, with Twelfth Night occurring the night before, is traditionally the day on when the British take down their Christmas decorations. It is believed that not removing the decorations leads to bad luck and disaster.

Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day, is the day before the beginning of Lent. It is traditional to eat pancakes on this day to use up all the fatty ingredients that are forbidden during Lent.

Mothering Sunday is England's equivalent of the American Mother's Day and falls on the fourth Sunday during Lent. It is a day for children to give gifts and show thanks to their mothers.

St. George's Day is England's National Day and recognizes St. George, the patron saint of England. This holiday occurs on April 23, and most people celebrate it by wearing a red rose, the country's national flower, in the buttonhole of their shirts.

Bonfire Night, or Guy Fawkes Night, occurs November 5 and is a remembrance of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, when a group of Catholics attempted to blow up Parliament. Guy Fawkes dolls are burned in effigy to celebrate this night.

Remembrance Day occurs on the 11th of November and marks Armistice, the end of WWI. People wear a red poppy to recognize those who lost their lives in the war.