Definition of Plough Monday in English:

Plough Monday


  • 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.