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134                                        HOLY WEEK.                       [MARCH 16.
In South Wales Palm Sunday goes by the name of Flower­ing Sunday, from the custom of persons assembling in the churchyards, and spreading fresh flowers upon the graves of friends and relatives.—Times, 13th April, 1868, p. 7.
March i6.]                      Lancashire.
A rural celebration used to be held at Poulton-in-the-Fylds on the Monday before Good Friday, by young men, under the name of " Jolly Lads," who visited such houses as were likely to afford good entertainments, and excited mirth by their grotesque habits and discordant noises. This was evidently borrowed from the practice of the pace or pash eggers, of other parts of the county, merely preceding instead of following Easter.—Baines, Hist, of Lancashire, 1836, vol. iv. p. 436.
Aubrey, in MS. Lansd., 231, gives the following: It is the custom for the boys and girls in country schools in several parts of Oxfordshire, at their breaking up in the week before Easter, to go in a gang from house to house, with little clacks of wood, and when they come to any door, there they fall a-beating their clacks, and singing this song:
*' Herrings, herrings, white and red, Ten a pen ay, Lent's dead; Rise, dame, and give an egg, Or else a piece of bacon. One for Peter, two for Paul, Three for Jack a Lent's all
Away, Lent, away! "
They expect from every house some eggs, or a piece of bacon, which they carry baskets to receive, and feast upon at the week's end. At first coming to the door, they all strike up
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