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Monday, 10 November 2008

St Paul Day Lore

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Today (Jan 25) is St. Paul's day, a festival of the Roman and English churches in commoration of St. Paul. This day is thought to be prophetic as to the weather of the year:

* "If St. Paul's day be fair and clear, It doth betide a happy year; If blustering winds do blow aloft. Then wars will trouble our realm full oft; And if it chance to snow or rain, Then will be dear all sorts of grain."

* In Germany when the day proved foul the common people used to drag the images of St. Paul and St. Urban in disgrace to duck them in the river.

* On the day of the conversion of St. Paul, (January 25th,) the four winds wrestle and the winner will blow most of the year. (Belgium.)

* If it rains on St. Paul's day there will be plenty of mushrooms. (Bohemia.)

Other omens and folklore for St Paul's day include the following:

* Fire will not burn a man born on St. Paul's day, but if a woman who was born on that day is burned, the wound will never heal. Interestingly, in Sicily, it doesn't matter what day you were born on - if you are a man fire will not burn you, but if you are a woman it will not only burn, it will eventually cause your death!

On a more positive note:

* If you set your hens to hatch on Paul's day, they will become good layers.

Found in: Encyclopedia of superstitions, folklore, and the occult

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