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March 15.]
In some parts of this country figs are eaten on Palm Sunday, which is in consequence called Fig Sunday.*—N. & Q. 2nd S. vol. i. p. 227.
From time immemorial a fair, or wake, has been held in the churchyard of Crowhurst on Palm Sunday. Formerly, excesses were frequently committed on the occasion through the sale of liquors; but of late years the fair has been con­ducted with great decorum.—Brayley, Topographical History of Surrey, 1841, iv. p. 132.
On St. Martin's Hill, near Marlborough, at which there is an ancient camp more than thirty acres in extent, Palm Sunday is kept; and persons in great numbers used to assemble there, each carrying a hazel-nut bough with the catkins hanging from it.—N. & Q. 2nd S. v. p. 4A7.
In Yorkshire and the northern counties Palm Sunday is a day of great diversion, young and old amusing themselves with sprigs of willow, or in manufacturing palm-crosses, which are stuck up or suspended in houses. In the after­noon and evening a number of impudent girls and young men sally forth and assault all unprotected females whom they meet out of doors, seizing their shoes, and compelling them to redeem them with money. These disgraceful scenes are continued until Monday morning, when the girls extort money from the men by the same means; these depredations were formerly prolonged till Tuesday noon.— Times Tele­scope, 1822, p. 68.
At Filey figs are also eaten on this day.—Cole, History of Filey, 1826, p. 135.
* See Mid-Lent Sunday.
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