April to June
The pure white of the blackthorn blossom, which appears before the leaves, matches the snow or hoar frost covering the fields nearby and almost invariably bitter north easterly winds.
1st April - April Fools' Day
oh! what fun! poisson d’Avril (France) or pesce d’Aprile (Italy) - April Fishing...
5th April - Saint Becan of Emlagh and bog butter
He founded a monsatery on the River Brosna at Kilbeggan around the beginning of the 7th century.
14th April - St. Lydwina
Was her illness an early record of multiple sclerosis?
15th April - St Ruadhán's Day
Fair was the gem, Ruadhán, lamp of Lorrha.
23rd April - St George's Day
He killed the dragon and saved the princess.
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.
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.
The days of the Three Ice Men
The old proverb that warns not to plant until after the “Three Ice Men” have passed
In Finland it is popular for children to dress up as Easter witches. In 2020 there was a different challenge....
Spy Wednesday, Sheer Thursday, Sorrowful Friday, Clipping the Church and other traditions. And postings from 2020...
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
Ascension Day is celebrated on a Thursday, 40 days after Easter Sunday
Taurus Full Moon - Wesak
Wesak Day celebrates the birth of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Said to be a high point in the Spiritual year when forces of enlightenment ﬂow from the higher worlds into the mind of humanity.
A cheesy weekend and a cursed day....
16th May - St. Brendan the Navigator
Patron saint of boatmen, mariners, sailors, travellers, and whales.
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.
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...
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.
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.
9th June - St Colmcille
On 22nd August, 565, St Colmcille is said to have encountered the Loch Ness Monster....
27th June - Seven Sleepers
if it rains on Seven Sleeper’s Day, it will rain for the following seven weeks.
29th June - Feast of St. Peter and Paul
A pallium and obligations