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Saints' Days
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Dates

This page is basically about questions where the answer is a date on the calendar. It's not about the dates when particular events occurred; and it's not about Moveable Feasts.

Most of these events happen on the same day each year. (But some of them may vary slightly – particularly those in the first section.)

Note that many of these dates apply in the UK only. Some of them may be exclusive to the UK; for others, there may be different dates in other parts of the world.

Astronomical Dates

Vernal (Spring) equinox Click to show or hide the answer
Longest day Click to show or hide the answer
Autumn equinox Click to show or hide the answer
Shortest day Click to show or hide the answer

Quarter Days

England, Wales and the Channel Islands

Lady Day (celebrating the Annunciation) Click to show or hide the answer
Midsummer Day Click to show or hide the answer
Michaelmas Day Click to show or hide the answer
Christmas Day Click to show or hide the answer

A former manager of mine, who had previously worked as an accountant, told me of an excellent mnemonic for remembering the English quarter days. You need to remember that they occur in the third month of each quarter (March, June, September and December) and that the actual dates are all in the twenties. Then, no one needs a mnemonic to remember when Christmas Day is. But for the other three, what you have to do is remember the number of letters in the name of the month: 5 for March, 4 for June and 9 for September. So Lady Day is 25 March, Midsummer Day is 24 June, and Michaelmas Day is 29 September.

There is another way to remember the date of Lady Day: it's the supposed date of the Annunciation, so it's exactly nine months before Christmas.

Scotland

The "Old Scottish term days" corresponded approximately to the Celtic quarter days:

Candlemas Click to show or hide the answer
Whit Sunday – now fixed as ... Click to show or hide the answer
Lammas Click to show or hide the answer
Martinmas Click to show or hide the answer

Saints' Days

St. David's Day Click to show or hide the answer
St. Patrick's Day Click to show or hide the answer
St. George's Day Click to show or hide the answer
St. Andrew's Day Click to show or hide the answer

Shooting and Fishing

Season opens Season closes
Coarse fishing (in unstocked waters) Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
Red grouse shooting Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
Pheasant shooting Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer

There are many other shooting and fishing seasons; and I have, on very rare occasions, been asked about one or two of them. But the game fishing seasons vary from one river to the next, and the deer shooting seasons vary according to species (red, fallow, roe, sika or chinese water), gender (male or female) and whether you're in Scotland or the rest of the United Kingdom. There are also four other types of game birds that you're only allowed to shoot at certain times (different dates for each), and six different types of waterfowl; and for one of the latter (ducks and geese) it depends whether they're above or below the high water line. In these cases it's Northern Ireland that's out of kilter with the rest of the UK, as opposed to Scotland, which is the same as England and Wales – except for hares. Oh – did I forget to mention hares?

This is all, no doubt, crucial information for anyone who gets his or her pleasure by killing defenceless animals, but it's far too complicated for the simple quizzer. Any question setter who asks about them is having a laugh; they're not in my table.

For those who really must know the rest, I used to have a link to a page on the Countryside Alliance website; but it doesn't seem to be there any more. (Not that this was an endorsement of any kind.)

Other

Epiphany, or Old Christmas Day Click to show or hide the answer
Inauguration of US presidents (in the year following a Leap Year) Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Burns Night Click to show or hide the answer
Australia Day (celebrates the landing of the First Fleet in 1788) Click to show or hide the answer
Groundhog Day (USA) Click to show or hide the answer
Waitangi Day (New Zealand) Click to show or hide the answer
Season for coarse fishing (in unstocked waters) closes Click to show or hide the answer
First day in the astrological calendar (start of Aries) Click to show or hide the answer
Earliest possible date for Easter Day (Sunday) Click to show or hide the answer
The Queen's real (as opposed to official) birthday Click to show or hide the answer
Latest possible date for Easter Day Click to show or hide the answer
ANZAC Day Click to show or hide the answer
International Labour Day Click to show or hide the answer
Star Wars Day (observed by fans of the films) Click to show or hide the answer
VE Day Click to show or hide the answer
Oak Apple Day (declared a holiday in England in 1660, to celebrate the birthday of Charles II; formally abolished in 1859) Click to show or hide the answer
Flag Day in the USA – celebrating the anniversary of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the nation's flag (in 1777) Click to show or hide the answer
Canada Day Click to show or hide the answer
The middle day of a non–leap year Click to show or hide the answer
Independence Day (USA) Click to show or hide the answer
US Presidents Jefferson, Adams and Monroe all died (the first two in 1826, the third in 1831) on
Bastille Day (national day of France) Click to show or hide the answer
St. Swithin's Day Click to show or hide the answer
VJ Day Click to show or hide the answer
The Birth (day) of the Virgin Mary is celebrated on Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Battle of Britain Day Click to show or hide the answer
Trafalgar Day (not currently celebrated much by the public) Click to show or hide the answer
St. Crispin's Day (Battle of Agincourt, 1415) Click to show or hide the answer
Last day of the Celtic calendar Click to show or hide the answer
All Saints' Day Click to show or hide the answer
All Souls' Day Click to show or hide the answer
Russia celebrates the anniversary of its revolution Click to show or hide the answer
Armistice Day (also known as Remembrance Day – but Remembrance Sunday is different); known in the USA, since 1954, as Veterans' Day Click to show or hide the answer
St. Stephen's Day (better known in the UK as Boxing Day) Click to show or hide the answer
Holy Innocents' Day (in the Church of England – elsewhere 27th or 29th) Click to show or hide the answer
St. Sylvester's Day – celebrated in Germany, Austria and Poland (and other countries) as Silvester (after Pope Sylvester I – died on this day 335 AD) Click to show or hide the answer

Celebrated on 22 April each year since 1970, when US Senator Gaylord Nelson took up an initiative previously proposed to a UNESCO conference in San Francisco by John McConnell Click to show or hide the answer

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