As perhaps the most British day in the calendar, Oak Apple Day has absolutely nothing to do with celebrating apples themselves and everything to do with the restoration of the monarchy, following the rule of Oliver Cromwell and his anti-royal cohorts. Cromwell was a man so miserable that he banned Christmas, and it was for this (but probably more the execution of Charles I) that he was dug up two years after he died and posthumously executed. What a time to be alive.
Other names for Oak Apple Day include Restoration Day, Royal Oak Day, Shick Shack Day, Packie Bonner Day, Oak and Nettle Day, and Yak Bob Day. Apart from Packie Bonner Day – we made that one up using the name of the former Celtic and Ireland goalkeeper. But you’d believe it if we left it in, wouldn’t you?