The English Festivals

The English Festivals

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Much of this book is devoted to the past, to the origin and growth of each of the 27 English festivals which have been, or are still celebrated around the country. These include the festivals of Christmas and Easter, in addition to less familiar festivals such as Rogationtide, Lammas and St. Cecilia's day. The sentiment that the author is attempting to convey, is that life would be very dull, especially for children, without recurring festivities throughout the year.
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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 129 x 196mm
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • woodcuts throughout, bibliography, index
  • 0192852221
  • 9780192852229

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The growth of English Christmas; Christmas Eve, December 24th; Christmas Day, December 25th; Boxing Day, December 26th; New Year's day, January 1st; Twelfth Day, January 6th; Plough Sunday and Plough Monday; Candlemas, February 2nd; St. Valentines Day, February 14th; Shrove Tuesday; Mothering Sunday; All Fool's Day, April 1st; Palm Sunday; Good Friday; Easter; St. George's day, April 23rd; May day, May 1st; Rogationtide; Whitsun; Midsummer Day, June 24th; Lammas; The Harvest; Michaelmas Day, September 29th; The Hallows Eve, October 31st; Guy Fawkes day, November 5th; St. Cecilia's Day, November 22nd; the wheel of life - christenings; weddings; birthdays. Appendix A: Dates of the movable festivals until 1975. Appendix B: Carols.
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