Sunday, 29 May 2016

Pinch Bum Day

Officially today is Oak Apple Day...the day you wore an oak apple [acutally an oak wasp gall] pinned to your lapel to show your allegiance to the restored monarch King Charles II. Following the Battle of Worcester, Charles escaped the Roundheads by hiding in an oak tree...supposedly Major Carless had to keep tweaking the Royal Posterior to stop the fellow from dropping off! He was crowned on 29th May 1660.

Here in Sussex it was known as Pinch Bum Day. Traditionally the children were given a half day off school...if you didn't wear the oak apple then supposedly others could either give your buttocks a tweak or whip the back of your legs with nettles.

This folkloric tradition has now passed into the annals of history.

Arilx


7 comments:

  1. Oak Apple Day is still celebrated in Great Wishford, Wiltshire, although not in the way you described. Here's a link to the description - http://www.bbc.co.uk/wiltshire/moonraking/folklore_oak_apple.shtml

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    1. I am really pleased to hear that Eileen!
      Arilx

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  2. When I was a Morris Dancer we would always dance out on Oakapple Day.

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    1. We do May day but don't know of any sides locally that do Oakapple Day...hopefully [and probably] I am wrong!
      Arilx

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  3. We celebrated Ash Wednesday at school...if you didn't take a piece of Ash stick to school other children could stamp on your shoes! How uncomfortable we would find such goings on today! X

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    1. Yes they were definitely different times...I was smacked at school when I misbehaved!
      Arilx

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  4. That's the first mention of Oakapple Day that I've seen for yonks!

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