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Garland Day

On Old May Day, the children of the Dorset fishing village of Abbotsbury still "bring in the May" by carrying garlands from door to door and receiving gifts in return. Each garland is constructed over a frame and supported by a broomstick, which is carried by two young people around the village. Later, the garlands are laid at the base of the local war memorial. At one time this was an important festival marking the beginning of the fishing season: fishermen rowed out to sea after dark and tossed the garlands to the waves with prayers for a safe and plentiful fishing season. More...
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BEAUTIFUL!!! Better than the monsters,vampires and witches of Hallowing
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Daemon wrote:
Garland Day

On Old May Day, the children of the Dorset fishing village of Abbotsbury still "bring in the May" by carrying garlands from door to door and receiving gifts in return. Each garland is constructed over a frame and supported by a broomstick, which is carried by two young people around the village. Later, the garlands are laid at the base of the local war memorial. At one time this was an important festival marking the beginning of the fishing season: fishermen rowed out to sea after dark and tossed the garlands to the waves with prayers for a safe and plentiful fishing season. More...


Lovely! Dancing
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Happy Garland Day! Only 16 shopping days until Shick-Shack Day!

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lovely festival
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Muy Bonito.Drool
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Derbyshire and Peak District Customs
Castleton Garland Day


Castleton Garland Day is a custom that has been celebrated in Castleton for hundreds of years, originally, possibly as a fertility rite, but today it is said to commemorate the restoration of Charles the Second.




The Garland, 3 feet high is made from a wooden frame, wound with string to which small bunches of wild flowers and leaves are tied. A further small wreath, called the `Queen` is made from choice garden flowers and is place on top. The complete Garland weighs about 56 pounds and just before the start of the ceremony is lifted onto the shoulders of the `King` who is dressed in Stuart costume.

http://www.derbyshireuk.net/dcustom2.html
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This tradition must have some pre-Christian background, I think.
Milica Boghunovich
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Milica Boghunovich wrote:
Daemon wrote:
Garland Day

On Old May Day, the children of the Dorset fishing village of Abbotsbury still "bring in the May" by carrying garlands from door to door and receiving gifts in return. Each garland is constructed over a frame and supported by a broomstick, which is carried by two young people around the village. Later, the garlands are laid at the base of the local war memorial. At one time this was an important festival marking the beginning of the fishing season: fishermen rowed out to sea after dark and tossed the garlands to the waves with prayers for a safe and plentiful fishing season. More...


Lovely! only for the fishing season, not for the "war memorial" Dancing
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