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British Life & Culture

Special Events & Celebrations

by Mandy Barrow

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British Special Days July 2013
Holidays in the UK

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Well Dressing - Derbyshire
image: well dressingWells are dressed with large framed panels decorated with elaborate mosaic-like pictures made of flower petals, seeds, grasses, leaves, tree bark, berries and moss.
May -Sept
Henley Royal Regatta
The River Thames and the town of Henley on Thames are transformed into one large sporting and social arena where the world's best rowers compete.
Tynwald Day
Tynwald Day is the national holiday of the Isle of Man (Isle of Man: One of the British Isles in the Irish Sea).
5 July

Orange Men's Day (Northern Ireland)
Protestant Irish march with drums and pipes to commemorate the Battle of Boyne, which occurred on Ireland’s east coast in 1690. In Northern Ireland, it is a bank holiday. Schools and many businesses and organizations are closed. Some sops may be closed. Public transport services may run on their regular or special holiday timetables

In 1690, William III of England defeated the exiled Catholic king James II at the Battle of the Boyne. James, who had been in France, had invaded Ireland with French troops.

Men wear orange sashes and black suits and bowler hats. Orange Day marches also take place in Birmingham and Liverpool, and in some parts of Canada, for example."

This day is known as "Orangemen's Day", "Orange Day", "the Glorious Twelfth" or just "the Twelfth". The day falls on July 12. However, if July 12 is a Saturday or Sunday, the bank holiday falls on Monday, July 13 or 14.

12 July

Swan Upping
The census of swans takes place annually during July on the River Thames in a ceremony known as Swan Upping. Swans are counted and marked on a 70 mile, five day journey up the River Thames.

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The Swan Upping event commences on the third Monday at Sunbury and ending at Abingdon on the Friday.

St. Swithun's Day (Also known as St Swithin's Day) Saint Swithin was England’s Bishop of Winchester.
40 days of bad weather will follow if it rains on this day
15 July
London 2012 Olympic Games  

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