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British Life & Culture

Special Events & Celebrations

by Mandy Barrow

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British Special Days November 2013
Holidays in the UK

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All Saints Day (Christian)
Christian day for honouring saints, known and unknown.
1 Nov
All Souls Day (Christian)
Christian day of prayers of intercession for the dead.
2 Nov
Mischief Night
The 4 November is known as Mischief Night in some parts of the country. This was the night when all sorts of naughty things were done - the main idea being to put things in the wrong place.
4 Nov

Guy Fawkes Night (Bonfire Night)

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400th anniversary of the Gun Powder Plot was in 2005

5 Nov
image: tar barrel set a lightTar Barrels, Ottery St Mary (Devon) An old custom said to have originated in the 17th century. The annual event involves people racing through the streets of the town, carrying flaming wooden barrels of burning tar on their backs. 5 Nov
Lewes Bonfire Night, Lewes (East Sussex) 5 Nov
Remembrance Sunday
image: remembrance The Queen, the Prime Minister and other dignitaries lay wreaths and observe a minute's silence (at 11am) at the Cenotaph to commemorate those who gave their lives for their country in both world wars. Afterwards, the Bishop of London takes a short service of remembrance.
10 Nov
Armistice Day
2 minutes silence at 11 a.m.
11 Nov

Lord Mayor’s Show & Fireworks Display (2nd Saturday in November)


The first Lord Mayor's Show was held in 1215 and since its conception only major events such as the Black Death - and in 1852, the funeral of the Duke of Wellington - have stopped the show.

9 Nov
The Prince of Wales's birthday: gun salute, Hyde Park London 14 Nov
The State Opening of Parliament (the first day of the new parliamentary session) The Queen's Speech is delivered by the Queen from the Throne in the House of Lords. (date) Nov
BBC Children In Need, across the UK
An annual event to raise money for British children's charities.

image: christmas puddingStir-up Sunday
The last Sunday of the Christian Church Year. A traditional day to make the Christmas pudding


24 Nov
St Andrew's Day (Patron Saint of Scotland)
It is the church festival of the St. Andrew, regarded as Scotland’s national Day (although it is not an official bank holiday).
30 Nov

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