Easter traditions with a difference

2018-03-28 06:02

IN the Illuminated Book of Days, some little-known Easter traditions are published.

• On Good Friday, at St Bartholomew the Great Church in London, 21 sixpences (five-cent pieces) were place on the tomb of a former benefactor of the church.

The coins were picked up by 21 widows, each of whom also received a hot cross and then walked across the tombstone.

Hot cross buns!

Hot cross buns

One a penny, two a penny,

If your daughters do not like them

Give them to your sons;

But if you haven’t any of these pretty little elves

You cannot do better than eat them yourselves.

• Young people used go out in something new and bright on Easter day. It was said if you didn’t wear anything new on that day, the crows would fly in and spoil everything you were wearing.

• “He who is born on Easter morn

Will never know want or care or harm.”

• In Hallaton in England, Easter Monday was Hare Pie Scrambling and Bottle Kicking day. These events took place on the village green after church.

• The custom of “heaving” was practiced in Britain in ancient times on the Monday and Tuesday following Easter Sunday. On the first day, women would capture men and heave them up in the air; the next day the roles would be reversed!

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