can be seen in different parts of England at the beginning of May. The celebrations
invole the Jack-in-the Green being paraded around the streets.
The Jack is a heavy wicker structure, woven through with a thick covering
of greenery and flowers.
the 16th and 17th centuries, workers wore increasingly elaborate garlands
flowers and leaves to celebrate May Day. By the late-18th Century, milkmaids
and chimney sweeps were wearing these on their heads and competition for the
biggest and the best began to intensify.
It was eventually the chimney sweeps who won the day with their garland which
was so big it engulfed a man. It was this which became known as the Jack in
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