Monday, January 12, 2015

Plow Monday

A custom carried over from mediaeval England, Plow Monday, is held on the first Monday after the Epiphany (January 6th). It was a signal to go back to work after the holiday festivities.
     Parades of decorated plows were held in tiny hamlets and the plowmen went door-to-door begging gifts.
     Early American farmers were content to fire up the forge to make or repair their tools in anticipation of the coming planting season. These winter chores kept the entire family busy as few farming implements were purchased when they could be made at home.
     Celebrations of the lights, are over for the year, it's back to work for everyone.

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