Plough Monday 2019

Joylina Goodings

7th January is Plough Monday in England! Traditionally Plough Monday (the Monday after Epiphany when The Zoroastrian Magi visited the infant Jesus) is the day for setting aside the remnants and excesses of Christmas and "putting one's hand to the plough"; in other words, back to work. It has always been an important ritual of agricultural workers, especially in the east of England. Especially since although the plough boys were supposed to return to work their actually paraded the plough through the streets hoping for money from wealthy landowners. It was a cold and barren time of year.

In Cambridgeshire in the Ramsey area there are still celebrations (although they may have been moved to Saturdays) featuring traditional straw bears and Molly Dancers. To find out more try www.ourworldfestivals.com  or http://www.strawbear.org.uk/