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St. Swithin’s Day

St. Swithin's Day

St. Swithin was the bishop of Winchester from 852 to 862 and much admired by the community, causing much grief when he died. St. Swithin specifically requested that he be buried in the churchyard so that he could be close to his congregation ‘where rain and the steps of passers by might fall on his grave’. The legend goes that, although his death was greeted with mourning, the weather was good and Winchester entered a period of prosperity. However, when the bishop was moved and his body buried in the Cathedral there, there were terrible rainstorms and gales. To this day, many people visit Winchester Cathedral to see St. Swithin’s shrine on this day.

Activity Ideas:

  • Make your own rain sticks – here
  • Make some beautiful rainbow rain – here
  • Relax with our Oomph! Rainy day mediation – here