Visual Warning: This post is brought to you in the colours of Autumn!!
October was the eighth month in the Roman Calendar, the word octem being the Roman word for eight. The Anglo Saxons called it Wyn Monath, because traditionally it was the month for making wine. October is designated as Black History Month, and as such, is both a month of cultural celebration and contemplation. On 18th October, St. Luke’s Day, it was traditionally a day when girls were supposed to have some insight into their marriage prospects. Us singletons are supposed to put on a face balm made from a mixture of honey, vinegar and spices and to recite the following rhyme:
1st October: The official beginning of English pudding season. Traditionally made in a pie bowl, filled with leek, steak and mushrooms, and suet crust pastry sides and lid, covered in muslin, tied together with string, and steamed. Of course any filling of choice may be used nowadays, sweet or savoury. So enjoy your steamed puddings this month!!
1st- 7th October: The Festival of Jewish Tabernacles (Sukkot.)
4th October: Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi.
18th October: St. Luke’s Day. Traditionally seen as a day on which we get fine weather, often known as St.Luke’s Little Summer. (Hmm…. Wait and see on that one!!)
28th October: A celebratory Diwali display to be held in Trafalgar Square in London, called Diwali in the Square, celebrating the Hindu Festival of Lights. However Diwali itself is of course in November.
The Feast Day of St. Jude, the patron saint of lost causes, hopeless and despairing situations. Often he is prayed to in extreme matters of life and death. It is customary to give thanks when your prayers are answered, by publishing a thank you to St Jude in a newspaper, so that others then know that they can call upon his help too.
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