see *souling.

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  • souling —    A *visiting custom carried out in the 19th and 20th centuries mainly by children, but previously by adults, in the Shropshire, north Staffordshire, Cheshire, and Lancashire area, on *All Saints Day (1 November) and *All Souls Day (2 November) …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • St Clement's Day — was traditionally, and in some places, still is, celebrated on the 23 November, a welcome festival between Halloween and Christmas. Saint Clement is the patron saint of metalworkers and blacksmiths, and so these workers traditionally enjoyed a… …   Wikipedia

  • Municipal year — The municipal year is a period used by local government in the United Kingdom. It starts in early May because that was roughly when the New Year originally started. It is not a fixed date so the number of days in any municipal year varies. It is… …   Wikipedia

  • calendar customs —    Those which take place once a year, at a particular date or season; also called seasonal customs. Examples are bonfires on *November the Fifth, *wassailing apple trees on *Twelfth Night, or sending *valentine cards on 14 February. They are… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • origin stories —    For centuries, there have been folktales which set out to explain how a custom began, why a *place name was given, how some feature of the landscape was formed, why an animal, bird, or plant has certain characteristics. They not only explain,… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • St Catherine's Day — (25 November)    This (probably fictional) martyr, very popular in the Middle Ages, was said to have been broken on a wheel hence the Catherine wheel firework. She was patron saint of lace makers, spinners, rope makers, wheelwrights, carpenters,… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

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