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Lifting

A custom that actually smears across Spring and occurs at May Day, Easter and Whitsun is where men would lift women off the ground. Sometimes singly and let off in exchange for a kiss, sometimes severally and on a specially bedecked chair. The roles were traditionally reversed the following day. It is more common at Easter (Monday and Tuesday) than at any other time. The fact that it is not confined to a particular time suggests an earlier custom adopted imperfectly into the Christian Calendar.