Monday, 11 January 2010

Today is Plough Monday

Today is Plough Monday the first Monday after Epiphany, or Twelfth Night. Plough Monday was an important ritual for agricultural workers in the east of England for centuries. In Norfolk the ploughboys performed a dance called molly dancing.

In Hockham the day is still celebrated, after the blessing of the plough on the village green at 7pm, the Hockham Clodhoppers (molly dancers) will be dancing  by torchlight outside the pub near the green. Then the merriment will moving on to the village hall, with local musicians including a hurdy gurdy player, here everyone will be encouraged to participate in some Elizabethan dances. Free refreshments will be provided at the end and a collection will be made for charity during the evening.

To read more about the history of Plough Monday visit

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