Festivals and Holidays

Lest We Forget!

At the Going Down of the Sun and in the Morning We Will Remember Them   For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children, England mourns for her dead […]

Festivals and Holidays

The Origins and Traditions of Halloween

The night or evening of Samhain  (pronounced Sow-ain) became known as All-hallows-eve then Hallow Eve, evolving into  Hallowe’en and then finally Halloween. The origins of Halloween can be traced back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. Until 2,000 years ago, […]

Festivals and Holidays

Presenting Poinsettias

There are few plants more associated with Christmas than the colourful Poinsettia , which doubles as a decoration and a gift thanks to its glorious flowers – timed precisely for the festive season. Here are […]

Festivals and Holidays

The Pudding of All Puddings

For many people, the traditional Christmas pudding – dense with suet and raisins – brings back memories of family meals, hoping for a silver sixpence, and an overload of cream, butter or custard as accompaniments. […]