- Ash Wednesday
- Some children's seasonal games used traditionally to begin on this date, notably *marbles. In Sussex, Hampshire, and Middlesex up to the 1950s, children brought an ash-twig with a black bud on it to school; any who were caught without one would be pinched or stamped on by the others, up until noon. Some maintained that it must then be thrown away at once (Vickery, 1995: 17). This must be related to the Catholic ritual of blackening one's brow with ashes, but whether as parody or as misunderstanding of the word 'ash' is impossible to say; it also echoes a *Royal Oak Day custom.
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