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96                                       CHALK SUNDAY.                           [FEB. 8.
Sir Robert Fitzharding, on the 5th of February, " at that monastery there shall be one hundred poore men refreshed in a dole made unto them in this forme : Every man of them hath a chanon's loaf of bread, called a myche (a kind of bread), and three hearings therewith. There shall be doaled also amongst them two bushells of peys."—Brand, Pop. Antiq., 1849, vol., i. p. 116.
In Leeds and the neighbourhood they eat a sort of pancake on the Thursday following Shrove Tuesday, which in that part they call Fruttors (Fritters) Thursday. The Leeds fritter, it is said in the Dialect of Leeds, 1862, p. 307, is about one-fourth the size of a pancake, thicker, and has an abundance of currants in it.
Feb. 8.]                     CHALK SUNDAY.
In the west of Ireland nine-tenths of the marriages that take place among the peasantry are celebrated the week before Lent, and particularly on Shrove Tuesday, on which day the Roman Catholic priests have hard work to get through all their duties. On the first Sunday in Lent it is usual for the girls slyly to chalk the coats of those young men who have allowed the preceding festival to pass without having made their choice of a partner; and " illigible" young men strut about with affected unconsciousness of the numerous stripes which decorate their backs, while boys just arrived at manhood hold their heads higher, and show tokens of great satisfaction, if any good-natured lass affixes the coveted mark.—N. & Q. 2nd S. vol. iii. p. 207.
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