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Pinch-Bum-Day today…

on May 29, 2013

Well, did you know that?

Today is also known as Royal Oak Day. On this day in history…… 

“Royal Oak Day (Oak Apple Day) was a public holiday celebrated in England on 29 May to commemorate the restoration of the English monarchy, in May 1660.

“Parliament had ordered the 29th of May, the King’s birthday, to be forever kept as a day of thanksgiving for our redemption from tyranny and the King’s return to his Government, he returning to London that day.”

Samuel Pepys’s Diary 1st June 1660

Charles ll

Apparently, on Oak Apple Day there would be parties with lots of dancing and people would show their support for the monarchy by wearing sprigs of oak leaves or a sprig with an oak apple on. An oak apple was gall produced by wasps in oak  buds.

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If people didn’t wear these sprigs they would be punished by either a pinch on the bottom or being whipped with nettles. 

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I wonder if they could’ve chosen which punishment they had to endure.

I would’ve chosen the pinching of the bum I think…

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2 responses to “Pinch-Bum-Day today…

  1. Oh my goodness. 1660. Remarkable. Thanks for the history lesson!!

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