The Jack in the Green festival dates back to the 16th Century, but it had died out in modern life until in the early 1980s when it was revived by a group of traditional folk enthusiasts called the Mad Jacks Morris Dancers. They turned the event into a weekend procession of giants, Jacks, Morris dancers, ceilidhs and ribaldry. The participant dressed as Jack, who typically has a green painted face and wears an intricate leafy costume, is followed through the streets by his attendants, the mysterious "green bogies", before being symbolically slain by the crowds to "release the spirit of spring". The most famous Jack in the Green festival takes place annually in Hastings.
Jack and the Green stalk