19 March 2020 – St Joseph’s Day

Today I turned off my heating. However, I’m not sure I want to turn off my heating, especially after today’s misty briskness, but folklore decrees via A Lincolnshire Calendar via The English Year, that on St Joseph’s Day you must ‘throw away the warming pan’. So it’s off, and I’m now hoping that as March came in like a lion, we’re now lamb all the way…

Apropos the crossed fingers, one hand has been let go, the other remains, for the time being, tightly twisted.


Header: Credit: Brass warming-pan, Europe, 1801-1900. Credit: Science Museum, LondonAttribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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

Sutton, M. (author) and Tyas, S. (ed) (1997) A Lincolnshire Calendar, Lincolnshire, Paul Watkins Publishing

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