I was in the library a few days ago and stumbled information I thought was too interesting to not share.
Did you know that the Sunday following Easter Day is known as Low Sunday?
Which one is Easter Day, you might wonder. Easter Day is Easter Sunday.
Easter happens to derive its name from a pagan goddess whose festival was celebrated at this time of the year.
Easter Monday, also known as Black Monday is the Monday following Easter Day. A day of parades, bonnets and the distribution of Easter eggs.
Binding Monday is the day following Low Sunday from the custom whereby women bound the men with ropes and demanded a forfeit before releasing them. The day following was Binding Tuesday when the men bound the women.
Hock Monday is the second Monday after Easter… it is the same as Binding Monday. The day after Hock Monday is Hock Tuesday, and is the same as Binding Tuesday.
Maundy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter. Maundy is ‘mandate’ or ‘command’, from the Latin version of John 13: 34 – ‘A new commandment I give you, that you love one another.’ Originally, princes washed the feet of poor people on this day. In Britain, the king or queen distributes specially minted Maundy money.
I wonder if any of these days still exist today. This information is from the book THE GUINNESS BOOK OF NAMES by Leslie Dunkling.