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Planting of the Penny Hedge

Also known as the ceremony of Horngarth, this takes place on the eve of Ascension Day, 40 days after Easter (the dating of which, as everyone may know, was settled by the Synod of Whitby in 664).  The story behind the tradition is that it's a penance by 2 'noblemen' that killed a hermit, who prevented the end of a boar hunt by shutting the dying animal in a chapel, where it had sought refuge.

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