Almanac – September 14

HOLY NUT DAY

Ripe Hazelnuts collected today were believed to have magical properties, especially double-nuts [two on one stalk] which were said to ward off rheumatism, toothache and the spells of witches.

On the other hand…

To the Christians this is Holy Cross Day aka Holy Rood Day .

They also called it Devil’s Nutting Day and warned that anyone going nutting on this day would meet the Devil engaged in the same task.

The Devil, as some people say,
A nutting goes Holy-Rood Day.
Let women then their children keep
At home that day, better asleep
They were, or cattle to tend
Than nutting go, and meet the Fiend;
But if they’ll not be ruled by this,
Blame me not if they do amiss.

Poor Robin’s Almanack. 1693

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1752 – The British Empire adopts the Gregorian calendar, skipping eleven days (the previous day was September 2).
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1975 – The first native-born American saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton,  canonized by Pope Paul VI.  She established the first Catholic school in the nation, at Emmitsburg, Maryland, where she founded the first American congregation of Religious Sisters, the Sisters of Charity. Popularly considered a patron saint of Catholic schools.

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