Jack o' the Green
Acrylic Gouache on MDF
Jack o' the Green, is an English folk custom associated with the celebration of May Day. It involves a conical wicker that is decorated with foliage being worn by a person as part of a procession, often accompanied by musicians.
The Jack o' the Green tradition developed in England during the eighteenth century. It emerged from an older May Day tradition—first recorded in the seventeenth century—in which milkmaids carried milk pails that had been decorated with flowers and other objects as part of a procession. Increasingly, the decorated milk pails were replaced with decorated pyramids of objects worn on the head.
The tradition died out in the early twentieth century. Later that century, various revivalist groups emerged, continuing the practice of Jack o' the Green May Day processions in various parts of England. The Jack in the Green has also been incorporated into various modern Pagan parades and activities.
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