Oak Apple day (29th May)

28 May

Remember Oak Apple day, wear your sprig of oak leaf or apple tomorrow to celebrate.

Oak Apple Day, Garland King

Oak Apple Day or (Royal Oak Day) is celebrated on the 29th of May commemorating Charles II, and the restoration of the English monarchy in May 1660.

The day is also known as Shick-Shack Day or Arbour Day. Traditional celebrations entail the wearing of oak apples or sprigs of oak leaves. The reference being (the future) Charles II of England escaping the Roundhead army by hiding in an oak tree near Boscobel House.

The celebration has sadly nearly died out, as with many holidays a casualty of Oliver Cromwell’s puritan policies and later Victorian British society values (Oak Apple day was abolished in 1859).

Whilst the day chosen (29th of May) was the King’s birthday, it seems to have also replaced some of the prior traditions and events lost in England. For example the Garland King is celebrated as a rider decked out in greenery marching down the streets of Castleton. This seems in keeping with the nature and pagan festivals once much more common in England, sadly now mostly lost in time.

Restoration of Oak Apple day would be worthy of continued celebration, a celebration of our freedom, liberty and nationhood that the Puritans had all but destroyed (sound familiar ?).

Wear your sprig of oak with pride, enjoy a traditional English plum pudding and remember to never bow to tyranny.

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2 Responses to “Oak Apple day (29th May)”

  1. Matt June 10, 2010 at 4:52 pm #

    Hi, didn’t know if you’ve seen this website: http://www.royaloakday.org.uk

    Cheers

    • gormarke June 10, 2010 at 7:55 pm #

      Hi there, I like you site. I agree we really need to get these holidays back. I hope you don’t mind but I put your site link on the links section. I have no idea if people look there, but hopefully sometimes people are curious enough 🙂

      Good luck with your campaign

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