While I’m sure there would be no hint of treason, should I not comply with today’s now defunct edict, I’m taking no chances. It’s the 450th anniversary of the 12th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth I’s accession to the throne, and therefore Queen’s Day, aka Queen Elizabeth’s Holiday, where it was traditional to take the day off and do some celebrating. I may or may not also joust, I’ll have to see how I feel.
The Everyday Lore Project has been running since St Distaff’s Day on 7 January 2020 and will run until 12th Night on 6 January 2021. Sometimes I write short smidgens about folklore and the ritual year, while other entries can be a bit longer and more involved. Either way, you really should subscribe and get them delivered straight to your inbox. Or share them with your friends. You wouldn’t want to miss out on another excuse to take the day off now would you?
Cooper, Q. and Sullivan, P. (1994) Maypoles, Martyrs & Mayhem: 366 Days of British Myths, Customs & Eccentricities, London, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Roud, S. (2006) The English Year: A Month-By-Month Guide To The Nation’s Customs and Festivals, From May Day to Mischief Night, London, Penguin Books