Oak Apple Day

Oak Apple Day Quick Facts

2021 Date29 May 2021
2022 Date29 May 2022
Oak Apple Day

Oak Apple Day History

Oak Apple Day seeks to commemorate the restoration of the English Monarchy in 1660. It also serves as a remembrance for King Charles II. In 1651, he escaped a pursuing army by hiding in an oak tree at the grounds of Boscobel House in Staffordshire. He managed to survive and would later become king of Great Britain and Ireland in 1660. His escape and use of the Boscobel Oak tree was the reason for the name Oak Apple Day.

Oak Apple Day was abolished as a public holiday in 1859 but it continues to be celebrated in several parts of the country. It is observed annually on 29 May.

Oak Apple Day Facts & Quotes

  • The entrance gate to Worcester's Guildhall in England is typically decorated with oak branches and leaves on Oak Apple Day.
  • The sprig of oak is an ornament worn to shows a person’s loyalty to the restored king. An old tradition was for children to challenge or pinch the bottom of those who refused to wear an oak-sprig.
  • Parliament had ordered the 29th of May, the King's birthday, to be for ever kept as a day of thanksgiving for our redemption from tyranny and the King's return to his Government, he returning to London that day - Samuel Pepys' Diary, 1660

Oak Apple Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Wear an oak apple or oak sprig adornment. It's popular to wear the pin as a commemoration for King Charles II.
  • Visit the All Saints' Church in Northampton and see the statue of Charles II. A garland of oak leaves is placed atop the statue at noon every Oak Apple Day. A celebration of the Holy Communion is usually held after.
  • Visit one of London's Royal Oak pubs and have a pint.

Oak Apple Day References and Related Sites

www.learnenglish.de: Oak Apple Day

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