Oranges and Lemons Day - March
Thu, Mar 21, 2024

Oranges and Lemons Day

Oranges and Lemons Day is a colorful citrus festival that takes place in the United Kingdom. It is celebrated annually every third Thursday in March. The history of the holiday is much deeper than its name suggests. We’re going to tell it now!


In 1919 they were restoring the bells of St. Clement Daines Church in London after hostilities. From this event originates the history of Oranges and Lemons Day. The following year, on March 31, there were large-scale celebrations, as well as the consecration of bells. Additionally, they were decorated with citrus fruits. They were lemons and oranges! They were also distributed to children and adults. The distribution of citrus fruits has become a tradition of sorts.

The holiday was celebrated every year until the beginning of WWII. But even in 1944 children were given oranges, though in very limited quantities. There were no lemons at all, since all the fruit was sent to the soldiers at the front. The church was rebuilt in 1957, and the following year it was re-consecrated, and the holiday was once again a highlight among the days of March. It was originally celebrated on March 31, but later switched to the modern, floating date.

Interesting facts

  • During this holiday, bells play the tune of a children’s song called the melody of “Oranges and Lemons.”
  • Lemons and oranges are a great source of energy. They’re energizing. Consumption of these fruits allows you to strengthen the immune system, improve the excretion of toxic substances, normalize metabolism, help fight colds.
  • Experts advise against freshly squeezed citrus juices. They are too acidic, which can have a negative effect on the mucosa of the stomach. It is better to dilute them with 15-20% water before use.

How to celebrate

Visit London on this day to enjoy the celebration of Oranges and Lemons Day. Eat lemons and oranges. You can also use them to make a variety of dessert dishes.

Spread the word on social media. Ask other users if they like citrus fruit.

When is Oranges and Lemons Day celebrated in 2024?

Oranges and Lemons Day is observed annually on the third Thursday in March.


Weekday Month Day Year
Thursday March 21 2024
Thursday March 20 2025