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Plough Monday During the 19th century Straw Bears - men or boys clothed in a layer of straw - were a familiar Plough Monday. In some places, instead of dragging a decorated plough, one of the farm labourers dressed as a straw bear and along with other farm labourers would beg door to door for money. The bear is a man covered from head to foot in a straw costume that weighs about five stone.

Straw Bear Straw Bear (Strawboer) Day is an old English tradition held on the of January in small area of the Fenland on the borders of Huntingdonshire and Cambridgeshire. It is believed to be traditional start of agricultural year in England.

Hastings Traditional Jack-in-the-Green Festival. The Hastings Jack-in-the-Green festival was revived by Keith Leech in 1983 and is now one of the biggest annual gatherings of Morris Dancers in the country.  The Jack is “released” every year and is central to the festival

The Hastings Jack-in-the-Green festival was revived by Keith Leech in 1983 and is now one of the biggest annual gatherings of Morris Dancers in the country. The Jack is “released” every year and is central to the festival

nice masks - looks like modern mummers

nice masks - looks like modern mummers

North Waltham Mummers, Hampshire, c. 1949 (Photographer: Douglas Dickins) Mummers’ Plays are a form of traditional drama, usually performed in the streets with a small but varied cast including St. George, the Turk, a doctor, and sometimes Santa Claus. Most mummers’ plays feature a combat scene in which a combatant is wounded or killed and then miraculously revived by the doctor. The costume varies from region to region, but those in Hampshire are known for their “tattered” jackets.

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