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St Swithin's Day 
15th-Jul-2009 12:05 pm
Jiffy - wet pet

Oh no - We have just had a few minutes of rain as I drove back from seeing DJ - That now means it will rain for the next 40 days!!

For those who don't know what I'm talking about -

If it rains for on St Swithin's Day, then it will rain for the next 40 days - a tradition that goes back a long time, as you can see here.

btw - Is it just an English custom - or do the rest of the world watch the weather on July 15th??

15th-Jul-2009 11:14 am (UTC)
I've never heard of St Swithin's Day, but my grandmother always said if it thunders on Easter you would have rain for the next seven Sundays.
15th-Jul-2009 11:18 am (UTC)

Mmmm, I wondered if the tradition had spread, but thought it may just have stayed here where it originated.

My grandmother always said that the sun always shone on Easter Sunday!!!!
15th-Jul-2009 11:17 am (UTC)
No, July 15th doesn't mean a thing to Americans. It is supposed to rain here however.
15th-Jul-2009 11:19 am (UTC)
I had wondered if the tradition had spread, or stayed here where it started. Most people seem to know that rain today means a wet summer - even if they don't know the history behind it.

Thanks for letting me know.
15th-Jul-2009 11:31 am (UTC)
No rain here in Birmingham today (yet!)... I know the myth of St Swithin's Day, but hadn't realised it was today! Hope we don't get any rain, then :D
15th-Jul-2009 12:39 pm (UTC)
If it doesn't raim there, I moving up to the city for the next 40 days to be safe!!
15th-Jul-2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
Is the first time I heard about this tradition but I'll ask my mom just in case we have a similar one here. :)
15th-Jul-2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
LOL - Great to learn of other traditions around the world.
15th-Jul-2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
I've never heard of anything like that. It sounds very "English" to me-- right up there with crumpets and tea. :)
15th-Jul-2009 05:35 pm (UTC)

We have a lot of traditions - but we have had a lot of history!
15th-Jul-2009 07:09 pm (UTC)
We don't have it in Germany, we have Seven Sleepers Day. If it rains this day, it rains for seven weeks. Not always correct but sometimes. :)
15th-Jul-2009 07:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that - and the weird thing is that I say if I have sun on my birthday of the 24th, then the weather will break within a couple of days, and then be bad for the rest of the summer - So, although I hadn't heard of that German tradition, I tend to follow it!!!
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