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March 1.]             first monday in march.                         119
Sunday;" and Nichols remarks on this passage that he had heard the following old Nottinghamshire couplet:
" Care Sunday, Care away, Palm Sunday and Easter Day."—Ibid. p. 113.
Lancashire.
Fig-pies, or, as they are called in this country, " fag-pies," are, or were, eaten on a Sunday in Lent, thence known as Fag-pie Sunday.—N. & Q. 2nd S. vol. i. p. 322.
Staffordshire.
Fig-pie Wake is kept in the parish of Draycot-in-the-Moors and in the neighbouring villages on Mid-Lent Sunday. The fig-pies are made of dry figs, sugar, treacle, spice, etc.; they are rather too luscious for those who are not " to the manner born." But yet on this Sunday, the friends of the parish­ioners come to visit them, and to eat their fig-pies.—N. & Q. 2nd S. vol, i. p. 227.
FIRST MONDAY IN MARCH.
Berkshire and Hampshire.
The first Monday in March being the time when shoe­makers in the country cease from working by candle-light, it used to be customary for them to meet together in the evening for the purpose of wetting the block. On these occasions the master either provided a supper for his men, or made them a present of money or drink ; the rest of the expense was defrayed by subscriptions among themselves, and sometimes by donations from customers. After the supper was ended, the block candlestick was placed in the midst, the shop candle was lighted, and all the glasses being filled, the oldest hand in the shop poured the contents of his glass over the candle to extinguish it; the rest then drank the contents of theirs standing, and gave three cheers. The meeting was usually kept to a late hour.*—Every Day Book. vol. ii. p. 470.
* In some places this custom took place on Easter Monday.
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