On National Absinthe Day, observed each year on March 5, we celebrate the drink known as “the green fairy.” Absinthe originated in Switzerland in the 18th century and rose to popularity in early 20th century France, especially with artists and writers. The drink enjoys a mystique and is often associated with bohemian culture, making it an especially fun drink to enjoy today!
Get your red nose at the ready, March 24 is Red Nose Day! This special holiday got its start in England in 1988, and today its one of the largest fundraisers in the UK. The day is sponsored by Comic Relief, a British charity that raises money for people in need in the United Kingdom and Africa. Red Nose Day happens every two years on the second or third Friday in March. In the past 30 years, the event has raise over £1billion. The day features a telethon, TV specials, and events around the country.
Did you know that the iconic flag of England is much more than just a red cross over a white background? It is actually St. George's Cross—a symbol that is so closely intertwined with English national identity, that St. George has his own national holiday. On April 23, we celebrate the patron saint of England, who has captivated the imaginations of the British since the Crusades and the Hundred Years' War. Perhaps the most British of all holidays, this special day is a unique opportunity to let your English flag fly, literally and figuratively. Get out the Punch and Judy dolls and grab your fish & chips—it's St. George's Day!