St Swithin's Day Party

A major complaint of most employees is that there are not enough annual holidays within the work year. To reward your employees for a job well done it might be fun to hold a corporate celebration of a little-known holiday, St. Swithins Day. Currently the holiday is only recognized in the UK, although employees throughout the world would be happy to join in the festivities of this holiday.

St. Swithin's Day is July 15th, a day when people watch the weather. St. Swithin was a Saxon Bishop of Winchester. Legend reveals that as he lay on his deathbed, he asked to be buried outdoors, where he would be walked on and rained on. For nine years, his wishes were followed, but then, the monks of Winchester attempted to move his remains to a splendid shrine inside the cathedral on July 15, 971. On that day, and the 40 days following, there was a heavy rain storm. This led to the belief that if it rains on St. Swithin's Day, the rain will continue for the next 40 days in succession, and a sunny July 15th will be followed by 40 days of fine weather.

Organizations that wish to celebrate this wet weather day can sponsor a picnic lunch on the lawn come rain or shine. A song entitled "St. Swithin's Day" by Billy Bragg (1984) can be broadcast over a stereo system during lunch and employees can toast the day by repeating the ancient British rhyme:

    "St Swithin's Day, if it does rain
    Full forty days, it will remain
    St Swithin's Day, if it be fair
    For forty days, t'will rain no more."

Is St. Swithin's Day total nonsense? Of course it is, but it is fun nonsense, and it makes for a delightful reason to hold a themed party in the mid summer. With a variety of themed entertainment packages let us put a party together to meet and exceed your needs.


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