Good Friday (2018): This is the day Jesus died on the cross. Traditionally marbles,
bat-and-trap (a ball is balanced on a little seesaw, or trap. The batter hits the seesaw so the ball flies into the air, then hits it again to get it in the goal – over and in between two 7ft high posts – where the bowling team are waiting to catch it. If, when the bowling team bowl it back, they can knock over a little wicket in front of the trap, the bowler is out),
tipcat (tipping a little stick into the air with a big stick, then walloping it again like a bat and ball. The opponent offers points based on how many jumps one would have to do to reach the little stick. The tipper can refuse if they think it is more jumps away, but they must prove it)
and skipping are played on this day.
Baked hot cross buns were believed to have magical powers. They were broken into four and put in the four corners of the barn to ensure a good harvest, or a few crumbs were put in medicine when someone was ill.
Passover begins (2018) – ends 11 April.
1820 Anna Sewell born, author of Black Beauty
1853 Vincent Van Gogh born
National Doctors Day (US)
Other events that might inspire your play today:
Palestine/Israel Land Day
Spiritual Baptist Shouters’ Liberation Day (Trinidad and Tobago celebrate repeal of law prohibiting the Spiritual Baptist faith. This is the only country in the world with a holiday for Shouters.)