The first Monday after Epiphany (January 8, 2018) was the day for the men to return to work after the holidays -- although no work was actually done on this day. Dressed in white shirts decorated with ribbons, the men dragged a plow (plough) through the village and collected money for the "plow light" that was kept burning in the church all year. In the evening, each farmer provided a Plough Monday supper for his workers.
St. Knut's Day
St. Knut's Day is a Scandinavian festival day and considered the best day to discard the Christmas tree. It is a formal end to all holiday festivities. Small gifts and candies are placed on the tree as incentives for dismantle the decorations and put things away. After their careful work and the "dancing out" of the tree, the children toss the tree into a snow bank. Throughout the party, the children sing songs dedicated to the event. Most children look forward to this time almost as much as they do Christmas.
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QUESTION OF THE DAY
How many square miles is the surface of Earth?
The Roman god Janus, gave January its name. He was pictured as a two-headed man (both heads bearded) and situated so that one head looked forward into the new year while the other looked back to the old year.