This day is a public holiday in Austria, Nicaragua, Chile, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Macau, Malta, Peru, Paraguay, Panama (where it is also mother's day) and the Philipppines.
It is also a Holy Day of Obligation in the
Beltane marks the beginning of summer, and is similar to the Welsh Calan Mai and the Germanic Walpurgis Night.
Beltane is an ancient Gaelic festival that is still celebrated in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man.
Wiccans adopted the name for their
Piran is the patron saint of Cornwall and tin miners.
He was born in Ireland in the sixth century and had miraculous powers.
This scared the Irish King and as a result he was
In the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and Canada Shrove Tuesday is the day after Shrove Monday and before Ash Wednesday, the day when the Christian liturgical season of Lent begins.
The day is also known as Pancake Day, because it is customary to eat pancakes on this day. In France and
Imbolc (pronounced without the 'b' sound) is sometimes known as Oimelc, which means 'ewe's milk'.
The name refers to the birth of the first lambs of the year, and celebrates the return of fresh milk.
The day is traditionally regarded as the first day of Spring, because