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Posted By: GUEST,henryp
27-Mar-24 - 02:02 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: Good Friday customs
Subject: RE: Folklore: Good Friday customs
Ramsbottom, Lancashire; Hundreds of people climb Holcombe Hill on Good Friday. A smaller gathering keeps alive the tradition of egg rolling before the start of the climb.

Bristol Live; Vale Street in Bristol is known as the steepest street in England, with a formidable incline which has seen cars tied up to stop them from slipping and the lamp post being knocked over innumerable times. In past years it has also been the gathering place for Totterdown residents on Easter Sunday for an annual egg rolling contest.

Preston, Lancashire; Egg Rolling is a big Easter tradition, going back over 150 years, that takes place on Avenham and Miller Parks in Preston every Easter Monday.

Furness Morris Pasche Egg Play 2024; Easter Monday (1st April) this year, we are again taking the Pasche Egg Play around Furness from Baycliff to Broughton during the day. If you don't know what the play is about then have a look at the dedicated page where there is a video of the performance outside Dalton Castle last year (2023).
Baycliff        10:00am
Dalton Castle        11:00am
Great Urswick        12 Noon
Coronation Hall, Ulverston        2:15pm
Broughton Square        3:45pm

The Mail 1990; Ulverston's traditional pasche egg milling on the slopes of Hoad Hill proved to be a big attraction for hundreds of people, despite the day being plagued by chilly strong winds. Town crier Alf Jarvis heralded the start of the proceedings, on Easter Monday, with his loud bell and equally loud voice. Music was provided for the event by the Ulverston Town band and led by conductor Richard Foden. A new event was a competition for ‘egg jarping’, a game once played by Ulverston born Stan Laurel when he was a young boy in the town.

National Trust 2024 Egg rolling at Box Hill, Surrey Hills; Come along to Box Hill over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, and take part in the grand old tradition of egg rolling down the big hill at 11am and 3pm. The best decorated egg wins a prize!

From Wikipedia; Other traditional egg rolling sites are the castle moat at Penrith, Bunkers Hill in Derby, Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh, and on Penshaw Hill in Tyne and Wear at Penshaw Monument. In Scotland, pace-egging is traditional from Shetland to The Borders although the day varied with location. Pace-egg day variously was Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday, or Easter Monday. Paiss-braes, hills, were used or other grassy slopes or areas such as seaside links.

From Wikipedia; Traditionally, the eggs were wrapped in onion skins and boiled to give them a mottled, gold appearance (although today they usually are painted), and the children competed to see who could roll their egg the farthest. The eggs were eaten on Easter Sunday or given out to pace-eggers – fantastically dressed characters who processed through the streets singing traditional pace-egging songs and collecting money as a tribute before performing traditional mumming plays. At the Wordsworth Museum in Grasmere, there is a collection of highly decorated eggs made for the poet's children.

In the United States, the Easter Egg Roll is held on the White House South Lawn each Easter Monday for children (age 13 and younger) and their parents. It is hosted by the President of the United States and the First Lady of the United States.

From Wikipedia; The Bank Holidays Act 1871 designated four bank holidays in England, Wales and Ireland (Easter Monday; Whit Monday; First Monday in August; Boxing Day if a weekday) and five in Scotland (New Year's Day, or the next day if a Sunday; Good Friday; First Monday in May; First Monday in August; and Christmas Day, or the next day if a Sunday). In England, Wales and Ireland, Good Friday and Christmas Day were considered traditional days of rest (as were Sundays) and therefore it was felt unnecessary to include them in the Act.