Beginning with All Fools Day and always including St George’s feast, April also sees walking customs and more sporting events. Easter frequently falls during April with its many associated customs, including football, Easter eggs and charity doles.
Some events take place on exactly the same date every year, regardless of which day of the week they fall upon. The following table shows events which are fixed in this way:
|1||April Fools Day|
|2||Brougham Lady Anne Clifford's Dole|
|23||Lichfield St George's Court|
|23||St George's Day|
|30||Edinburgh Beltane Fire|
|30||Glastonbury Beltane Celebrations|
Some event dates differ from year to year in order for them to fall on a weekend or during a particular week of the year, for example the 3rd week in January. The following table shows events where dates may vary in this manner:
Easter was the most important festival in the Christian Church, celebrating the resurrection. Easter has no settled date, but is fixed by a complex system based upon the phases of the moon and the equinox – it usually falls between late March and late April. Maundy Thursday is the day before Good Friday, which is followed by Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Hocktide is the Monday and Tuesday following Easter Monday.