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May days #7 ~ Children’s Day Celebrations +

Kodomo no hi
Today is “こどもの日” Children’s Day. As far as I know, it is only celebrated in Japan and other Asian countries. It is a nice thing, as it is another day for children to enjoy being a child. The fact it is now for ‘boys & girls’, makes it all the more with the times (up-to-date) and something that everyone can participate in.

Day’s like today - I believe - are an important part of everyone’s upbringing, so that we can build our life’s memories of wonderful times -> what do you think?

Relating to 鯉のぼり(carp-shaped streamers) that are used today, one time I bought some for my nephew’s birthday when he was 5 and took them back to England. He loved them sooooo much that he asked his dad (my brother) to leave them up in the garden for the whole month! It was something special for him, plus a great attraction-point and easy when giving directions to friends; “go down the road towards the sea-front, and the house with the bright ‘flying carp-shaped streamers” in the garden - that’s us”. Killing two birds with one stone, as such - ha ha.

I hope you are having a wonderful day ~ tune-in next week for more interesting British things ...

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May days #6 ~ Oak Apple Day (Pinch-Bum Day)

Charles II

This is the day that traditionally people wear oak apples or oak leaves pinned to them to remember that on May 29th King Charles ll returned triumphantly to London after the restoration of the monarchy in 1660.

The reason for the wearing of oak apples or oak leaves was to celebrate the King's narrow escape from capture by Cromwell's soldiers by hiding in an oak tree.

Charles II - 2

Until well into the twentieth century, anyone caught not wearing an oak leaf or oak apple on 29 May could be pinched, kicked, or otherwise abused. Whipping with nettles was a favourite punishment, hence the name 'Nettle Day' used in some areas of the country.

Okay, yes I get it ~ England has some weird traditions ~ ha ha!

May days #5 ~ The Ceremony of the Lilies of the Roses

“Lilies and Roses”

King Henry VI was born at Windsor on 6th December 1421 and succeeded to the throne at the very young age of nine months, as King of England. He was crowned on 6th November, 1429 at Westminster Abbey a month before his eighth birthday.

Henry VI was not considered a successful king but rather a good and holy man, who was widely regarded as a saint. His one lasting achievement was in education, founding Eton College and King’s College, in Cambridge.  Each year at Windsor we commemorate his birthday with the “Ceremony of the Lilies and Roses”.  Boys from Eton College attend a service together with representatives from both colleges, who lay lilies (Eton) and roses (King’s) on the tomb of Henry VI while special prayers are said.

He was imprisoned and died in the Tower of London on the 21st May, 1471.

Read more on the King’s College site...

R.I.P. great King Henry VI ~

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May days #4 ~

Florence Nightingale

There are a lot of things that go on and have gone on in the month of May. Here are a few important dates that you ‘may’ (ha ha) know of:


1st May - Labour Day
1st May - May Day
5th May - 1930 Amy Johnson was the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia
6th May - 1840 The world's first postage stamp, the 'Penny Black' stamp, became valid for use in the UK
6th May - 1954 Roger Bannister ran a mile in less than four minutes
8th May - 1945 VE (Victory in Europe) Day
9th May - Captain Blood attempted to steal the crown jewels in 1671
10th May - 1994 Nelson Mandela became the President of South Africa
12th May - 1820 Florence Nightingale was born
18th May - 1991 Helen Sharman became the first British woman in space
21st May - 1946 Bread rationing was introduced in the UK
28th May - 1908 Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond books, was born
29th May - 1953 Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mt. Everest
29th May - Oak Apple Day
30th May - 1431 Joan of Arc was burned at the stake
30th May - Death of King Arthur in 542

Checkout other things that happened ON THIS DAY ...

Also, some important May dates in UK HISTORY ...

Enjoy your reading ...

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May Holidays #3

As you know, the first day of this month is known as May Day. It is the time of year when warmer weather begins and flowers and trees are beginning to (or already in) blossom. It is said to be a time of love and romance. People celebrate the coming of summer with lots of different customs that are expressions of joy and hope after a long cold winter.

Although summer does not officially begin until June, May Day marks its beginning. May Day celebrations have been carried out in England for over 2000 years.

The Romans celebrated the festival of Flora (the goddess of fruit and flowers), which marked the beginning of summer. It was held annually from April 28th to May 3rd (similar to the Japanese 'Golden Week').

This is a famous ‘May’ rhyme from England ~

"A swarm of bees in May 
Is worth a load of hay;

A swarm of bees in June 
Is worth a silver spoon; 

A swarm of bees in July 
Is not worth a fly.

This is also an interesting list to check out of famous people born in May...

I hope you washed your face this morning with the 1st of May’s morning dew

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