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Pancake Day

Pancake Day Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent – the 40 days leading up to Easter – was traditionally a time of fasting and on Shrove Tuesday, Anglo-Saxon Christians went to confession and were “shriven” (absolved from their sins). A bell would be rung to call people to... Read more

History of Valentine’s Day

History of Valentine’s Day How did St. Valentine become associated with love and romance? Get the full story behind the holiday. Conversation hearts, truffles galore and heart-shaped boxes of chocolates—these are the symbols of Valentine’s Day for many lovers around the world. But why do we have a “sweets to the sweet” tradition every February 14? While the roots of... Read more

Christmas Markets in England!

Christmas Markets in England! Christmas carols, twinkling lights, gingerbreads, mulled wine, a festive atmosphere and fabulous gifts - here are some of England’s Christmas markets and they are fabulous as always. Winter Wonderland -  Hyde Park Until Jan 5 2020 Christmas by the River - Tower Bridge Until Jan 5 2020 https://... Read more

Saint Andrew's Day

Saint Andrew's Day St Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland and he is celebrated on 30 November. This is called St Andrew's Day. Patron saints are chosen to be special protectors or guardians over things. England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales all have their own patron saint, to whom they dedicate a day. Who was Saint Andrew? We don't actually know a lot about... Read more

What is Remembrance Day?

What is Remembrance Day?  Remembrance Day, or Poppy Day, is held in Commonwealth countries to remember members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty, as well as all those who have been involved with and affected by war and conflict. Originally declared a special day in 1919 by King George V to remember the soldiers killed in the First World War, now we... Read more

Guy Fawkes Day- 5 Things to Know about the UK Celebration of Failed Revolution

Guy Fawkes Day- 5 Things to Know about the UK Celebration of Failed Revolution Guy Fawkes Day is annually celebrated throughout Britain on November 5. Being known as Bonfire Night and Firework Night as well, this holiday represents perpetual celebration of liberty over tyranny. If you may be wondering who Guy Fawkes was or how is this day celebrated, keep reading this article because here are five things you should know... Read more

10 funny, curious and interesting facts about Easter

10 funny, curious and interesting facts about Easter Easter is known to be the Sunday that marks the end of the Holy Week, an event that commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is greatly influenced by the Christian faith as it reminds believers to remember the last sacrifice of the Son of God. Others think of it as a time of celebration with Easter Eggs, bunnies and peeps. So to... Read more

Eastern in Britain

Eastern in Britain   Easter is the most important festival in the Christian church year. It begins with Good Friday. The Romans killed Jesus Christ in Jerusalem about two thousand years ago. Christians believe in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his Crucifixion. Why is Easter on a different day each year? This is because Easter Sunday is the... Read more

St. Patrick's Day History and Traditions

St. Patrick's Day History and Traditions This holiday is celebrated every year on March 17th, honouring the Irish patron saint, St. Patrick. The celebrations are largely Irish culture themed and typically consist of wearing green, parades, and drinking. Some churches may hold religious services and many schools and offices close in Suffolk County, the area containing Boston and its... Read more

When is Mother's Day 2018 and what is the history behind it?

When is Mother's Day 2018 and what is the history behind it? When is Mother’s Day?Mother’s Day, also known as Mothering Sunday, is held on the fourth Sunday of Lent and this year is on Sunday, March 11. Mothering Sunday is not a bank holiday. Why do we celebrate Mother’s Day and what is the history behind it? Mother’s Day is a day to celebrate mothers and all mother figures such as grandmothers,... Read more

Happy Birthday Charles Dickens!

Happy Birthday Charles Dickens! Charles Dickens (1812-1870) is one of the most prolific writers of all time and possibly the most famous author of Victorian Britain.  AboutRenowned 19th-century English author whose best known works include Oliver Twist, Bleak House, and A Christmas Carol. He created some of the most memorable characters in fiction, became known for his acute... Read more

St. George's Day in the United Kingdom

St. George's Day in the United Kingdom St George's Day in England remembers St George, England's patron saint. The anniversary of his death, which is on April 23, is seen as England's national day. According to legend, he was a soldier in the Roman army who killed a dragon and saved a princess. According to legend, St George slayed a dragon. Many Christians observe... Read more

The Queen's birthday

The Queen's birthday home royal family The Queen celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday on 21 April and her official birthday on (usually) the second Saturday in June. Official celebrations to mark Sovereigns' birthday have often been held on a day other than the actual birthday, particularly when the actual birthday has not been in the summer.... Read more

Bonfire Night - children handcraft ideas

Bonfire Night - children handcraft ideas Bonfire Night is a uniquely British event when we "celebrate" the discovery of the Gunpowder Plot against the King and Parliament in the early 17th Century. You can read all about the actual events, find out about Guy Fawkes and discover why we have a bonfire, fireworks and a "guy" for 5th November on our Guy Fawkes page.  We've also got advice... Read more

Public Holidays in the UK

Public Holidays in the UK Public holidays in the UK Public holidays, observed throughout the United Kingdom, are required holidays when most businesses and non-essential services close down. These holidays were first officially observed when the 1871 Bank Holidays Act designated specific public holidays in England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland. Today, the main statute that... Read more

The Queen's 90th Birthday

The Queen's 90th Birthday Did you know that the Queen has two birthdays - her actual birthday and an official one, on which the country celebrates? Either way, this is the year that Her Majesty will be 90, and it's a great excuse for a celebration, or two, or a few more! Many people will be marking this special landmark birthday in the UK and all around the Commonwealth, as... Read more

Welcome to Shakespeare Week

Welcome to Shakespeare Week William Shakespeare Learn about William Shakespeare, the world's most famous playwright, and enjoy our colouring pages and printable activities, puzzles and worksheets. Who Was William Shakespeare? William Shakespeare was an English playwright and poet, widely regarded as one of the greatest ever English writers. Some of Shakespeare’s better... Read more

History of the Union Jack

History of the Union Jack The British flag, like the flag of any country, is an instantly recognisable symbol of a nation. All flags tell a story, and the Union Jack tells us about the history of the United Kingdom (the UK). The flag has quite an unusual design. In fact, it is a combination of three flags – the flags of England, Scotland and Ireland. But when and why were... Read more

Is Au Pair Program Abroad Right for You?

Not sure if becoming an au pair abroad is right for you? Test yourself and good luck!