Early Period Feast Days

by Kieran Hafoc

Here are some early period Saints days you might want to plan your next event around:

January 17St. Anthony (250-350)Egyptian, founder of monasticism
January 20St. Sebatian (?-288)Patron against the plague
March 1St. David or Dew (?-544)Patron saint of Wales. During a battle against the Saxons, St. David had the Britons wear leeks on their hats to identify themselves.
April 23St. George (?-303)Patron saint of England
May 28 St. Augustine (?-604)Roman monk, first Archbishop of Canterbury
June 5St. Boniface (680?-755)English monk in Germany
June 9St. Columba (?-597)Patron saint of the homesick
July 29St. Olaf (died in battle 1030)Norway's patron saint
August 28St. Augustine (354-430)Bishop of Hippo, known for his "Confessions"
November 11St. Martin (315-399)Patron of reformed drunks. Fair weather at this time is called "St. Martin's summer". This was also the time when the first new wines of the year were tasted.
November 13St. Nicholas (800?-867?)Caused a schism between Roman and Byzantine churches
December 6St. Nicholas (?-342)Patron saint of Russia, young people and sailors
December 26St. Stephen (?-33)The first Christian martyr. Stephen was stoned to death.

Editor's note: One of the most important saints is missing from this list. She was St. Fuiltigherne (6th century), Irish, and her saint's day is March 14th or thereabouts. Honest! I don't know what she was patron saint of, but it was probably something obscure.

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