- Lort Monday
- Plow Monday
First Monday after the Feast of the Epiphany. On that Monday, alms were offered to God for the good of the Church and to obtain a blessing on the land as farm labour was resumed following the Christmas holidays.
Ploughmen kept a light burning before the representations of certain saints in churches to obtain a blessing on their work, and on this day they used to go about in procession, hauling a plough and asking for alms to support the lights, called plough-lights. When the suppression of Catholicism in England put out these lights, the plough-men continued to collect the alms, but then spent them in pubs.
Plough Pudding is a boiled suet pudding, containing meat and onions that is traditionally eaten on Plough Monday in some areas of England.
In the late 19th and early 20th century, many of these traditions died out, but have lately had a resurregence as less stigma is attached to “folk” activities.
- “Plough Monday“. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 January 2017. Web. 28 April 2017. <>