Upcoming Folk Observances

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is held annually in Munich attracting over 5 million visitors each year.

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Mabon

Mabon

Find out the dates, history and traditions of Mabon

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National Batik Day

National Batik Day

Find out the dates, history and traditions of National Batik Day

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National German-American Day

National German-American Day

Find out the dates, history and traditions of National German-American Day

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Spiritual Consent Day

Spiritual Consent Day

Find out the history and background to the Spiritual Consent Day observed in Kazakhstan.

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Halloween

Halloween 🎃

Ireland is believed to be the birthplace of the Halloween festival.

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St. Thorlak's Day

St. Thorlak's Day

A national holiday in Iceland to honour their patron saint, a 12th century bishop.

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Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

It's time to take down those Christmas decorations for another year.

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St. Knut's Day

St. Knut's Day

The Christmas period in Sweden carries on until the “dancing out” of Christmas on “tjugondag Knut”.

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St Dwynwen's Day

St Dwynwen's Day

Find out the dates, history and traditions of St Dwynwen's Day.

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Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year 🧧

Find out the dates, history and traditions of Lunar New Year.

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Imbolc

Imbolc

Imbolc is a Celtic festival celebrating the start of Spring

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Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

February 2nd each year brings the most-watched weather forecast of the year—and the only one led by a rodent.

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Setsubun

Setsubun

Find out the dates, history and traditions of the Setsubun Festival.

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Lantern Festival

Lantern Festival

Traditionally celebrated as the birthday of the God of Heaven.

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Fat Thursday

Fat Thursday

Find out the dates, history and traditions of Fat Thursday.

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Dragobete

Dragobete

Find out the dates, history and traditions of Dragobete.

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National Tooth Fairy Day

National Tooth Fairy Day

Because anyone who can make a money magically appear under your pillow deserves a special day!

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Maslenitsa

Maslenitsa

An unofficial holiday, this is the Russian equivalent of Mardi Gras that takes place the week before Lent.

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Baba Marta

Baba Marta

Baba Marta on March 1st is believed to mark the beginning of spring.

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Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras falls on the day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday.

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National Hat Day

National Hat Day

Find out the dates, history and traditions of National Hat Day

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St Piran’s Day

St Piran’s Day

How to say ‘Happy St Piran’s Day’ in Cornish, what is the flag - and why is it celebrated?

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Saint Patricks Day

Saint Patricks Day ☘️

Find out the dates, history and traditions of Saint Patricks Day

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International Astrology Day

International Astrology Day

Find out the dates, history and traditions of International Astrology Day.

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April Fools Day

April Fools Day 🤪

Find out the dates, history and traditions of April Fools Day

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Tartan Day

Tartan Day

An annual celebration of Scottish culture and heritage that began in Canada in the 1980s.

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St. George's Day in Catalonia

St. George's Day in Catalonia

St. George's Day is celebrated as a day of love and culture in Catalonia, Spain.

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Walpurgis Night

Walpurgis Night

In parts of Northern and Eastern Europe, the Mass of Saint Walburga or Walpurgis Night is celebrated on the evening of April 30th.

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National Mother Goose Day

National Mother Goose Day

Find out the dates, history and traditions of National Mother Goose Day

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Beltane

Beltane

Beltane is a Celtic festival celebrating the start of Spring

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Turkmen Carpet Day

Turkmen Carpet Day

Find out the dates, history and traditions of Turkmen Carpet Day.

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National Old Maids Day

National Old Maids Day

If you are female, over 30, unmarried and live in the 19th century, this is your day.

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National Upsy Daisy Day

National Upsy Daisy Day

A day to embrace positivity and to not let the small everyday annoyances of modern life stop us enjoying every moment.

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National Red Rose Day

National Red Rose Day

The rose is the traditional flower of June, so it makes sense to observe red rose day in June.

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Lovers' Day

Lovers' Day

❤️ This Brazilian equivalent of Valentine's Day comes from Portugal and is linked to Saint Anthony.

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National Paul Bunyan Day

National Paul Bunyan Day

Find out the dates, history and traditions of National Paul Bunyan Day

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Tartan Day

Tartan Day

A day to celebrate Scottish heritage through arguably its most obvious manifestation - Tartan.

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Kupala Night

Kupala Night

Find out the dates, history and traditions of Kupala Night.

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Tanabata

Tanabata

Find out the dates, history and traditions of Tanabata.

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St Swithins Day

St Swithins Day

What's more sensible as a weather forecast? The bones of a 1,200 year old saint or a groundhog?

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Qixi Festival

Qixi Festival

The seventh day of the seventh month is the most romantic day in the Chinese calendar.

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