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NEW YEAR'S DAY

New Year's Eve, by Nora Chesson (GOP 1902)
Whatever you do, don't knit on New Year's Eve! (Or spin, or weave, or fish...) But if, before going to bed, you eat a hardboiled egg with the yolk replaced with salt, you should have interesting dreams...

VALENTINE'S DAY

St. Valentine's Day, by Dora de Blaquière (GOP 1880)
A brief history of the exchange of Valentines in Britain.

EASTER

Easter Eggs (GOP 1887)
Besides tips on how to dye and decorate eggs, this article has a recipe for "almond eggs" - eggs filled with almond paste, with a dried apricot at the center to represent the "yolk." Sounds yummy!
Easter Eggs (GOP 1899)
How Easter eggs are decorated in various countries.
Easter Eggs, and How the Girls Made Them, by Dora Hope (GOP 1881)
This piece is particularly interesting when one recalls that this was in the days before packaged Easter Egg dyes, so "our girls" had to use various natural dyes to achieve coloured eggs.
Easter in Little Russia, by Erica Glenton (GOP 1894)
Eastertide in Russia, by the Rev. W. Durban (GOP 1902)

MAY DAY

May-Day Customs, by Annie Kemp (GOP 1882)
History and folklore of May Day.
May Day in France, by Annie Kemp (GOP 1883)
Mr. Ruskin's May Day Festival at Whitelands College, by J.A. Owen (GOP 1881)
An interesting look at traditional "maying" festivities in Victorian times.
Professor Ruskin's May-Day Festival, by the Rev. J.P. Faunthorpe (GOP 1889)
The procession of the May Queen.

OTHER HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

St. John's Fires in France, by Georges de Dubor (GOP 1897)

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