Jack, also known as Jack o' the Green is a character who appears in May Day celebrations around England. It is thought that the tradition started in the 16th or 17th century when people made garlands to celebrate the arrival of May. These garlands became more elaborate and the practice arose of covering a person in leaves.
In certain areas, such as Cheltenham, Jack became associated with chimney sweeps!
May Gosling. In regions of Yorkshire, Cumbria and Lincolnshire May the 1st was a day when people played tricks on one another. (Similar to April Fools Day.) The victim of the prank was known as a 'May Gosling.'
Bathing in dew which hd been collected on the morning of the 1st of May was said to be good for the complexion. Samuel Pepys recorded how his wife bathed in dew in his diary entries of 28th of May 1667 and the 10th of May in 1669. The last entry noted his annoyance opf being awoken at 3am so tht his wife and her servant could go and collect the dew!
This week we were lucky enough to be invited to a great farm to meet and photograph some of the animals. Densholme Care Farm is at Great Hatfield in East Yorkshire, Click here to visit their site.
Tutti Day is on Tuesday the 29th of April this year. It is one of the events of the Hocktide Court which is held in the town of Hungerford.
Festivities commence at 8am when a horn is blown by the Bellman (town Cryer.) An hour later the Tithing Men with their decorated 'tutti poles' and accompanied by the Orangeman begin to collect tax due by the owners of the Common Rights properties. Today the tax is paid by collecting a kiss from the lady of the house. For more details please click on here to visit hungerford.co.uk
Mugs, Tubs and Pots
Originally Mischief Night was celebrated in England on either May Day Eve (the 30th of April) or on Halloween. In the 17th century (in England) it moved to the 4th of November the eve before Guy Fawkes day.
Children would play simple tricks on people in the locality. An example was when a neighbour's house was decorated by putting mops,rakes and brushes on top of it's roof, along with mugs, tubs and pots.
Next time you pass by a fairground spare a few moments to look at the art on display. Characters and lettering add to the whiz and thrills of the rides. So, 'Hook a Duck and Take a Look!'
Authors Ian and Marie.