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Cattern's Day 25 Nov

Here is an extract from 'Talking Tatting' issue 17:

Cattern's Day, on 25 November, is the feast of Catherine, the patron saint of lace makers, spinners and weavers. Cattern cakes are eaten with tea to honour both Catherine of Alexandria and Queen Katherine of Aragon. The former was an educated young Christian woman who lived circ 290-310 AD. She protested the persecution of Christians by Maxentius, the Roman ruler of Egypt. As a result, Catherine was martyred on a rotating wheel. Queen Katherine taught lace making to the impoverished people of Amptill in Bedfordshire during her imprisonment there by Henry VIII.'