St Swithun’s Day

St Swithum’s Day is 15th July

St Swithun’s Day is looked up on as a British weather proverb as the day where we can see what the weather is going to do for the next 40 days and 40 nights. If it is sunny on St Swithun’s Day then it is said that it will be sunny for 40 days, if it however rains on St Swithum’s Day then it is said that it will rain for 40 days and 40 nights.

A rhyme associated with St Swithun’s Day is:

St Swithun’s day if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain
St Swithun’s day if thou be fair
For forty days ’twill rain na mair

The reason St Swithun’s Day is associated with the weather like this is because when St Swithun died and was burried in 862 he requested it be outside. In 971 his body was moved to an indoor shrine but it is believed the ceremony was delayed by 40 days of torrential rain which was said to be because of St Swithun’s displeasure at being moved.

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One Response to “St Swithun’s Day”

  1. St Swithin August 14, 2009 at 11:38 am #

    In buckinghamshire they have ther own poem: -

    If on St Swithun’s day it really pours
    You’re better off to stay indoors.

    Don’t ask me why!

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