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Bringing In The May

A custom of gong out and bringing back greenery to decorate houses and buildings. Involving all sectors of society and all ages, some would stay out all night on May Day eve:

...gadding overnight to the woods ... where they spent all the night in pleasant pastimes ...(Stubbes 1583)

Protestant reformers frowned upon this activity more than any other on moral grounds. Stubbes again:

...of fortie, threescore, or a hundred maides going to the wood over night, there have scarecely the thirde parte of them returned home againe undefiled...

Banned in the Commonwealth period but revived with the Restoration