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The Manx tradition for the morning of Good Friday is the eating of flitters.

These shellfish (known as 'limpets' in England) are caught from the rocks and cooked there on the shore. But no iron should be used at all in the fire this day (in recognition of the nails used to put Jesus on the cross), and so the flitters should be cooked in their own shells in the embers of the fire, and eaten using sticks.

You then want to throw the shells into the sea with the Manx invocation, 'Gow shoh as bannee orrin' ('Take this and bless us'), before performing the Flitter Dance over the embers of the fire.


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