One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The first Monday after Epiphany, formerly marked by popular festivals or observances in some regions.
- ‘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.’
From the custom of dragging a plough through the streets to mark the beginning of the ploughing season.
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