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Plough Monday

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Definition of Plough Monday in English:

noun

The first Monday after Epiphany, formerly marked by popular festivals or observances in some regions.
Example sentences
  • The first Monday after the twelve days of Christmas (Twelfth Night) is Plough Monday, a day when ploughmen traditionally blackened their faces and wore white shirts.
  • Plow Monday was a historical observance whose first heyday was in the nineteenth century.

Origin

from the custom of dragging a plough through the streets to mark the beginning of the ploughing season.

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