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June 29.]                     st. peter's day.                               331
Co, Limerick.
At one time, the tradesmen of Limerick marched, on Midsummer Day, arranged under their respective leaders, decorated with sashes, ribbons, and flowers, and accompanied with a band of musicians, and the shouts of the delighted populace, through the principal streets of the city, while their merry-men played a thousand antic tricks, and the day generally ended in a terrible fight between the Garryowen and Thomond-gate boys (the tradesmen of the north and south suburbs).—Fitzgerald and Macgregor's History of Limerick, 1827, p. 540.
June 25.]                          Yorkshire.
In the village of Micklefield, about ten miles east of Leeds, it is the custom on the second day of the feast, (June 25th) for about twelve of the villagers, * dressed, in their best garb, and wearing a white apron a Vepider, to carry a large basket (generally a clothes-basket) to each farm-house in the village, the occupier of which seems to consider it his bounden duty to give them a good supply of confectionery of some kind to take away with them, and ale ad libitum to drink in his house.—N. &. Q. 3rd S. vol.. iii. p. 263.
June 29.]                 ST. PETER'S DAY.
On this day many of the rites peculiar to the festival of St. John the Baptist were repeated.
It appears from the Status Scholce Etonensis (a.d. 1560) that the Eton boys had a great bonfire annually on the east side of the church on St. Peter's Day, as well as on that of St. John Baptist.
* These villagers call themselves C; Joss Weddingers" (?)
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