Michaelmas Day

Michaelmas Day Quick Facts - EU

AKA NameFeast of Michael, Goose Day, Michaelistag
2023 Date29 September 2023
2024 Date29 September 2024

Michaelmas Day

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Michaelmas Day, also known as the Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, honors the Archangel Michael and other archangels. It is one of the quarter days, which are traditionally recognized as the time for settling financial accounts and changing employment in the United Kingdom. The day is often associated with the start of a new season in terms of academic or legal year, as well as the traditional harvest season. In some European cultures, Michaelmas is also considered as a time to protect against negative spiritual forces or to seek spiritual guidance.

The celebration of Michaelmas dates back to the 5th century and the dedication of the first sanctuary to St. Michael at Monte Gargano in Italy. Due to its long history, Michaelmas Day remains culturally significant for many European Union citizens. In fact, the observance is embedded in the European legal system, with many courts starting their new terms at or near Michaelmas. Some universities within European Union countries may commence their academic years around this time, further linking the celebration to the concept of new beginnings and transition in various fields.

Throughout the European Union, Michaelmas Day is observed in various manners, depending on local traditions and customs. In some regions, special masses or church services are held, while in others, feasts featuring seasonal produce like apples, nuts, and berries are organized. Customs related to the protection against evil forces include blessing of the home and farm animals. Michaelmas Day is observed on the 29th of September every year.

Michaelmas Day Facts

  • European folk belief attributes magical properties to a Michaelmas Daisy, which is said to protect from evil spirits and provide good luck if brought into the house on Michaelmas Day.
  • Historically, Michaelmas Day was an important day for farmers, as they paid their rents, settled any farm-related debts, and held fairs to celebrate the end of the harvest season.

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Michaelmas Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • It's an old tradition to make a Michaelmas pie and serve it on this day. The pie uses ingredients that are in season such as blackberries, plums or apples.
  • If you're near Cornwall, visit the St. Michael’s Mount, a historical site named after St. Michael that has ties to the Michaelmas holiday.
  • Look out for local Michaelmas fairs or events in cities and village fairs. These events often include displays of traditional crafts, food and drink stalls and sometimes even medieval re-enactments.
  • Visit the island of Mont St. Michel off the coast of Normandy, France. This island houses a renowned monastery dedicated to St. Michael.
  • Visit the Michaelmas Fair held in various towns across the country, such as Alverstoke and Abingdon. These fairs often include street markets, food stalls, and entertainment.

Michaelmas Day References and Related Sites

www.historic-uk.com: Historic UK Michaelmas

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