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I QUAINT SUNDAYS. I One of the quaintest-named Sundays in the course of the year is "Clipping Sun- day." At many places on this Sunday the children form a ring round the church that is, they encircle or "clip" it, the word being used in the north-eountry sense of embracing or enfolding. Certainly, in the North every Sunday is, in a very real sense, Clipping Sunday, for that day is above all others the general courting day of the week. In some places where ancient yews grow in the churchyard, a festival is made every year when they are clipped, and some people have imagined that this is the origin of the strangely-named Sunday, but is is not so. Mothering Sunday and Simnel Sunday are one and the same. They fall on the fourth Sunday in Lent. The Sunday is called Simnel Sunday in Lancashire and Yorkshire because on that day Simnel cakes are eaten, and in the week prior to the festi- val the confectioners' shops look especially tempting. The Simnel cake is a rich plum- ca.ke, and many children would like every Sunday to be Simnel Sunday. It is said that the custom arises from the simple fact that the Bible readings in church on that particular day both refer to eating'

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