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Special Dates

Important Dates in the UK and Worldwide

Our calendar is a great way to remember what holidays and days off to look forward to. Here are some of the important (perhaps flower related) events and holiday dates which we'll come to in the coming months...

Special Dates for 2020

May 2020

May
25

Towel Day

and the Glorious 25th of May - wear the lilac

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May
25

Spring Bank Holiday

June 2020

Jun
08

British Flowers Week

From Jun 08 2020 until Jun 14 2020
Jun
13

Trooping the Colour

Jun
21

Father's Day

July 2020

Jul
06

International Kissing Day

Jul
30

International Friendship Day

Why not send the Friendship Yellow Roses Bouquet to your BFF.

August 2020

Aug
02

National Sisters Day

Aug
03

Summer Bank Holiday (Scotland)

Aug
25

Qixi - Chinese Valentine's Day

Also known as Qiqiao Festival, the Qixi Festival celebrates the mythological union of the cowheard and weaver girl. It's an annual event which is observed on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month of the Chinese calendar, and it's kind of considered as being analagous to Valentine's Day in the west.

Aug
31

Summer Bank Holiday (England and Wales)

September 2020

Sep
27

Yom Kippur (Jewish)

From Sep 27 2020 until Sep 28 2020

October 2020

Oct
12

Canadian Thanksgiving

Oct
25

Mother-In-Law Day

Oct
25

British Summertime Ends - clocks go back 1 hour

Oct
31

Halloween

November 2020

Nov
01

All Saints Day

Observed on the 1st of November each year, All Saints' Day is a Christian holiday which is honoured to celebrate the lives of all saints, whether well-known or obscure.

Nov
05

Guy Fawkes Night

A commemoration of the day that Guy Fawkes was arrested as part of a plot to smuggle explosives into the House of Lords. Modern celebrations centre around fireworks displays and the burning of a Guy effigy on a bonfire.

Nov
11

Armistice Day

A day which commemorates the signing of the Armistice between the Allied Powers and the Central Powers which effectively ended military operations and hostilities in the First World War.

Nov
11

Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday is observed as a commemoration of the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts. Observances include wearing of poppies, wreaths of remembrance poppies being laid on memorials, and a two minute silence at 11am.

Nov
13

World Kindness Day

Originating in the late 1990s through the efforts of the World Kindness Movement, World Kindness Day is observed in many different countries worldwide, and is recognised as a day upon which individuals are encouraged to overlook boundaries, race and religion in a bid to promote widespread kindness. Cool piece of trivia: a Singapore event in 2009 saw 45,000 yellow flowers being given away.

Nov
26

Thanksgiving USA

Celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States, with many other observances of the holiday celebrated on this and various other dates during the same time of year around the world.

Nov
27

Black Friday

The Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the USA which has become renowned as day for extensive sales throughout retail outlets.

Nov
30

Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday is a marketing construct designed to encourage online shopping on the Monday after Thanksgiving with the promise of slashed prices for bargain-hungry consumers.

Nov
30

Saint Andrew's Day - Patron Saint of Scotland

Saint Andrew's Day is Scotland's official national day and is the feast day of Andrew the Apostle.

December 2020

Dec
10

Hanukkah begins (Jewish)

A traditional eight day Jewish holiday, often viewed as a Jewish alternative to Christmas.

Dec
21

Winter Solstice (Shortest Day)

The winter solstice is commonly known as the shortest day of the year, opposite to the summer solstice which is the longest day.

Dec
25

Christmas Day

Christmas Flowers Special Date

Dec
26

Boxing Day

The day after Christmas, Boxing Day as a holiday has its origins in the UK. A popular misconception about the origin of this holiday is that it's the day when we all put our presents back in their boxes. Boxing Day actually was traditionally a day off for servants, a day when they would receive a 'Christmas Box' (present) from their master.

Dec
31

Hogmanay - Scotland

Hogmanay is the Scottish equivalent of New Year's Eve. Here in Edinburgh the annual street party is particularly famous, drawing visitors from all around the world for concerts, fireworks and other festivities. If you're looking for flowers to bring to a Hogmanay Party, we would recommend the Highland Fling Bouquet.

Special Dates for 2021

January 2021

Jan
01

New Year's Day

A celebration of the first day of the year as recognised by the modern Gregorian calendar. Traditional celebrations and observances include family gatherings and making new years resolutions. 

Jan
25

Dydd Santes Dwynwen (Welsh Valentine's Day)

A celebration of Dwynwen, the Welsh saint of lovers, Dydd Santes Dwynwen is an annual celebration which is kind of considered as being analagous to Valentine's Day.

Jan
25

Robert Burns Night

An annual celebration of Scottish poet Robert Burns' birthday. Burns Night tends to be celebrated with a Burns supper with a traditional meal of haggis, neeps and tatties, and maybe a wee dram of whisky to wash it down. Burns night traditions include a recital of the Burns poem Address to a Haggis once the haggis has been brought through and presented upon the dinner table.

February 2021

Feb
07

Rose Day (India)

Rose Day is a special day celebrated in India that marks the beginning of the Valentine's Week. Roses are a symbol of love and are often given as a gift to loved ones on this day.

Feb
12

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is one of China's most significant and widely celebrated holidays. Popular flowers and floral decorations associated with Chinese New Year include plum blossoms, kumquats, calamondins, narcissus, bamboo, sunflowers, eggplants and chom mon plants.

Feb
16

Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday is often commonly referred to as Pancake Day. The origins of the pancake eating tradition can be traced to the Christian tradition of gorging before the fasting period of Lent.

Feb
17

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is a religious holiday which marks the first day of Lent for many Christian denominations.

Feb
17

Random Acts of Kindness Day

"In a world where you can be anything, be kind." A day on which to encourage spontaneous gestures of kindness - what's not to love about that?! Random Acts of Kindness Day originated in California in the early 80s when the author Anne Herbert coined the phrase "practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty."

Feb
28

Floral Design Day

A celebration of the the art of floral design. Floral design can encompass many different things, from hand-arranged gift bouquets to floral decoration for events such as weddings. The occasion originates from the USA and was designated for the 28th of February to coincide with the birthday of Carl Rittner, the founder of the Rittners School of Floral Design in Boston.

March 2021

Mar
01

Saint David's Day, Patron Saint of Wales

This day celebrates the life of the Welsh patron Saint David. It is often symbolised by pinning a daffodil or leek to your clothes.

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