Jack In The Green

Hastings Jack-in-the-Green festival is a revived May Day tradition with Pagan roots and one of the largest gatherings of Morris dancers in the country. The Jack, a 15ft green conical tower, covered in leaves with a symbolic green man head on top, is paraded through the streets of Hastings, accompanied by a whole host of fantastically costumed characters; Bogies, Belly Dancers, Fairies, Sweeps, and Morris Dancers, to name a few.
The name ‘Jack-in-the-Green’ comes from the garlands of leaves and flowers people would make for May Day celebrations. In a bid to outdo each other and have the biggest and best, people would end up wearing garlands so large that they covered their entire body, and so ‘Jack-in-the-Green’ was born.