Plough Monday is January 12th

While most people are settling indoors for the winter, traditional farmers know that January 12th begins the Spring plowing season.  “Plough Monday” is the first Sunday after the 12 days of Christmas, which end Jan. 6th (Epiphany).  In the past, the Church blessed farmers and their plows and farm communities hosted games to mark the beginning of the new farm year.

Time to get the horses in shape and the plows ready.


Jonathan (14) and David (11) taking our Percherons–Jake and Elwood–out for an exercise run on Thtursday, Dec. 18th, 2014.

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One Response to Plough Monday is January 12th

  1. michellejm9 says:

    I haven’t heard of this tradition but love the sound of it. One day when I have some spare time I have thought It would be nice to write down some of these traditions for our own calendar. Plow Monday in Australia would be the equivalent of July 7 over here. I envy in a nice envy way how your seasons follow the traditional calender. Especially with all things Catholic! Flowers for Our Lady in May don’t amount to much in Australia …. a few Chrysanthemums and some Wattle! At this time of year we are all exhausted after the long busy Harvest which finishes during Advent and the heat is setting in…. so the idea of Egg Nog of an evening isn’t appealing! Rather an Ice Tea or homemade Lemon Cordial… you get the idea!

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