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!
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