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Moveable Feasts

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Moveable Feasts

This page is about things that are celebrated at the same time each year, but not on the same date.

Part 1 gives the name of the 'feast', and asks (in most cases) when it is; in Part 2, the name of the feast is in the answer. There's no definitive logic to this distinction; it just depends how I feel the question makes more sense and/or is more answerable.

In each part, the feasts are listed in calendar order.

Part 1

Plough Monday (the traditional start of the English agricultural year) Click to show or hide the answer
Mothering Sunday or Refreshment Sunday Click to show or hide the answer
Low Sunday or Quasimodo Sunday Click to show or hide the answer
Pentecost or Whit Sunday Click to show or hide the answer
Mother's Day (USA) Click to show or hide the answer
Fathers' Day (in the UK, USA and over 70 other countries) Click to show or hide the answer
Thanksgiving (Canada); Columbus Day (USA) Click to show or hide the answer
Remembrance Sunday (in the Commonwealth) Click to show or hide the answer
Thanksgiving (USA) Click to show or hide the answer
Thanksgiving commemorates Click to show or hide the answer
Number of Sundays in Advent (in the West) Click to show or hide the answer

Part 2

3rd Monday in January (USA) Click to show or hide the answer
Last Sunday before Lent Click to show or hide the answer
2nd Monday in March Click to show or hide the answer
The day before Ash Wednesday – also known in the UK as Pancake Day (when pancakes are traditionally eaten to use up foods that may be foregone in Lent) Click to show or hide the answer
First day of Lent Click to show or hide the answer
Sunday before Easter Click to show or hide the answer
Wednesday before Easter (the day on which Jesus was betrayed) Click to show or hide the answer
The day before Good Friday; commemorates the washing of the feet, and the Last Supper Click to show or hide the answer
First Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon Click to show or hide the answer
Fifth Sunday after Easter - the Sunday before Ascension Day Click to show or hide the answer
The Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday preceding Ascension Day Click to show or hide the answer
If Easter Day is the first day, Ascension Day is the Click to show or hide the answer
Known as Holy Thursday (for Beating the Bounds) Click to show or hide the answer
Sunday following Whit Sunday Click to show or hide the answer
Roman Catholic celebration of the Eucharist: Thursday after Trinity Click to show or hide the answer
USA: traditionally 19 April, but since 1969 the third Monday in April (commemorating the start of the Revolutionary War) Click to show or hide the answer
First, second or (occasionally) third Saturday in June Click to show or hide the answer
USA & Canada: 1st Monday in September Click to show or hide the answer
The Sunday before Advent Sunday (officially because of the opening words of the Collect for that day; colloquially, because it's when families traditionally mix the ingredients for their Christmas puddings) Click to show or hide the answer
Advent Sunday (the first day of Advent) is the fourth Sunday before Christmas, which is the Sunday nearest to Click to show or hide the answer

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