In celebration of St Catherine’s Day, we’ve been delving into our archives in search of images of when we’ve previously celebrated this holiday at PAA.

What is St Catherine’s Day?

This ancient holiday, celebrated on the 25th of November in France, was created in the 10th century to commemorate Catherine of Alexandria, an early Catholic martyr. Since medieval times, St Catherine has been known as the patron saint of unmarried women.

On the day, it is customary for unmarried women to pray for husbands and girls traditionally held a feast for local ‘Catherinettes’ (unmarried women over the age of 25). It is a special day for hat makers. As demonstrated in the images, ‘Catherinettes’ wear hats that are usually yellow and/or green in colour.



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