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March 23.]                    easter monday.                             177
and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in." The accuracy of this supposition, however, may be fairly doubted.
In North Wales, says Pennant, the custom of heaving upon Monday and Tuesday in Easter week is preserved; and on Monday the young men go about the town and country, from house to house, with a fiddle playing before them, to heave the women. On the Tuesday the women heave the men.
At Tenby Easter Monday was always devoted to merry­making; the neighbouring villages (Gumfreston especially) were visited, when some amused themselves with the bar­barous sport of cock-fighting, while others frequented the two tea-parties held annually at Tenby and Gumfreston, and known as the " Parish Clerks' Meeting."—Mason's Tales and Traditions of Tenby, 1858, p. 21.
It is pleasurable, says Fuller in his History"of Berwick upon-Tweed (1799, p. 445), to see what a great number of lovely and finely-dressed children make their appearance on Easter Monday, which is known in this neighbourhood as the Children's Day. Being attended by a multitude of servants, they parade and run about for many hours, amusing them­selves in a variety of ways. This charming group is joined more or less by the parents of the children, who, together with such as are attracted by curiosity, form, on such occasions, a company of a great many hundreds. They assemble in greatest numbers behind the barracks,- where the rampart is broadest. The fruiterers attend in full display, as well as many itinerants in various pursuits. The whole company may be called a sportive fair.
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