Selection of English Saints' Day and Festivals

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The influence of the medieval chuch in creating and observing Saints' Days led to the recording of tevents by reference to the feast day, or saints' day rather than the direct system of dating by day, month and year.

Saints' Days and Festivals

Saints' Day or Festival

Modern Observance

Advent Sunday Sunday nearest to Feast of Saint Andrew
All Hallows or All Saints Day 1 Nov
All Souls' Day 2 Nov
Andrew, Andreas, Andreae, apostle 30 Nov
Feast of Anna, Anne, mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary 26 July
Annunciatio of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Annuniciatio dominica - Lady Day 25 March
Ascension Day or Holy Thursday, Ascensio, Ascensa, domini (in celum) Thursday following Rogation Sunday, 40 days after Easter
Ash Wednesday 1st Day of Lent
Assumptio domini, Christi Old name for Ascension Day
Black Monday Easter Monday
Candlemas Day, Candelaria, Candelatio 2 Feb
Cantate 4th Sunday after Easter
Capitiluvium Palm Sunday
Caput jejunii Ash Wednesday
Caramentranun, Caremprenium Shrove Tuesday
Caresme Lent (40 days of fasting)
Carnibrevium Shrove Tuesday
Carniprivium novum Quinquagesima Sunday
Carniprivium sacerdotum Septuagesima Sunday
Carniprivium vetus Quadragesima Sunday
Carnivora Shrove Tuesday
Christmas Day 25 December
Circumdederunt Septuagesima Sunday
Clausum Pentecostes Trinity Sunday
Commovisti terram et conturbasti eam Sexagesima Sunday
Corpus Christi or Body of Christ Thursday after Trinity Sunday
Crucis, Adoratio (or dies sancte crucis adorate, dies crucis adorande, veneris dis adoratus Good Friday
David of Wales, bishop and confessor 1 March
  •    Adoratus
  •  Good Friday
  •    animarum (All Souls Day
  •  2 Nov
  •    burarum
  •  1st Sunday in Lent
  •    cinerum
  •  Ash Wednesday
  •    crucis adorande, adorate
  •  Good Friday
  •    dominica, dominicus (Day of Our Lord)
  •  Sunday or Easter Day
  •    felicissimus
  •  Easter Day
  •    florum atque ramorum
  •  Palm Sunday
  •    jovis
  •  Thursday
  •    lune
  •  Monday
  •    magnus
  •  Easter Day
  •    mandati
  •  Maundy Thursday
  •    martis
  •  Tuesday
  •    mercurii, mercurinus, mercoris
  •  Wednesday
  •    osanne palmarum ramorum
  •  Palm Sunday, 6th Sunday in Lent
  •    sabbati
  •  Saturday
  •    sante crucis adorate
  •  Good Friday
  •    veneris
  •  Friday
  •    veneris dies adorate
  •  Good Friday

Dimanche repus or reprus

 Passion Sunday
Domine, ne longe Palm Sunday
Dominica ad carnes levandas or tollendas Quinquagesima Sunday
Dominica ante brandones Quinquagesima Sunday
Dominica bendicta  Trinity Sunday
Dominica duplex Trinity Sunday
Dominica indulgentie, indulgentiae Palm Sunday
Dominica ramis palmarum Palm Sunday
Dominica mediana Passion Sunday
Dominica olivarum Palm Sunday
Dominica osanna Palm Sunday
Dominica in passione domini Passion Sunday
Dominica Quadraginta Quinquagesima Sunday
Dominica Rogationum 5th Sunday after Easter
Dominica sancta or Sancta in Pasha Easter Sunday
Dominica sactae trinitatis Trinity Sunday
Easter (see Pascha)   
Edmund, Edmundus, King and Martyr 20 Nov
Epiphania domini, twelfth day 6 Jan
Epiphany, twelfth day 6 Jan
Esto mihi Quinquargesima Sunday
Exaud 6th Sunday after Easter
Exsurge domine Sexagesima Sunday
Fastmas, Fastren's Eve Shrove Tuesday
  • azymorum
  • Easter Day
  • Christi
  • Christmas
  • Eucharistie
  • Thursday before Easter
  • olivarum
  • Palm Sunday
  • omnium sanctorum (All Saints Day)
  • 1 Nov
  • palmarum
  • Palm Sunday
Good Friday Friday next before Easter
Hallowmas, Hallows, Hallontide (All Saints Day) 1 Nov
Hogmanay 31 December
Holy Friday (Good Friday) Friday next before Easter
Holy Thursday Ascension Day; Maundy Thursday
In palmis Palm Sunday
Invocavit (Quadregesima) 6th Sunday before Easter
Isti sunt dies Passion Sunday
Jacobi, Jacobus, James the Greater (Apostle and Martyr) 25 July
Jacobus, James the Less and Phillip (Philippus et Jacobus) 1 May
Johannes, Johannis, John Apostle and evangelist 8 May & 27 Dec
Johannes, Johannis, John the Baptist:
  • conception
  • 24 Sept
  • nativity
  • 24 June
  • beheading
  • 29 Aug
Jour de pain perdu Shrove Tuesday
Jour de Morts All  Souls' Day
Jour de Roys The Epiphany
Jour du Saint Sacrement Corpus Christi Day
Jubilianti 3rd Sunday After Easter
Judica me, Judica Passion Sunday, 5th Sunday in Lent, 2nd before easter
Lady Day 25 March
Lady, Our (See Mariae, Blessed Virgin)
Lammas Day 1 Aug
Lataere 4th Sunday in Lent, 3rd before Easter
Lent (see Quadragesima)
Lucas, Luke, evangelist 18 Oct
Marcus, Mark, evangelist 25 Apr
Maria, Mariae, Mary, Blessed Virgin:
  • annunciation (Lady Day)
  • 25 March
  • ascension or assumption
  • 15 Aug
  • octave of assumption
  • 22 Aug
  • conception
  • 8 Dec
  • natale, nativitas, nativity
  • 8 Sept, formally 1 Jan
  • octave of nativity
  • 15 Sept
  • oblation
  • 21 Nov
  • purification (Candlemas)
  • 2 Feb
Matthaeus, Matteus, Matthew, apostle and evangelist 21 Sept
Michael, Michaelis, archangel (Michael & All Angels) Michaelmas 29 Sept
Midsummer Day 24 June
Midwinter Day 25 Dec
Misericordia 2nd Sunday after Easter
Nouvel Caresme Quinquagesima Sunday
Oculi 3rd Sunday in Lent, 4th before Easter
Osanna Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday, palmae or palmarum dies, in palmas 6th Sunday in Lent, 6th Sunday after Shrove Tuesday
Pancake Tuesday Shrove Tuesday
Paque charneux Easter Day