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Hocktide

Today and tomorrow was known in Medieval times as “Hocktide”.

Hocktide was the second Monday and Tuesday after Easter

The medieval English festival was generally celebrated on the second Tuesday after Easter.  The men of the village would tie up the women and demand a kiss for their release.  The following day the women would tie up the men and demand money for their release which would go to Parish funds.  It is suggested that it celebrates the massacre of the Danes in the 11th Century by King Ethelred the Unready. The practice was banned under King Henry VIII but re-introduced by Elizabeth I in 1575.