Curious Country Customs

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David & Charles, Feb 1, 2012 - House & Home - 273 pages
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Britain's many traditions have long been one of its greatest attractions; some are extremely famous, but other more weird and wonderful customs are not so well-known and these are often the most fascinating, intriguing and amusing. Organized by month, nearly 100 customs from all over the UK are described and their history and purpose explained. For those who want to take their curiosity a little further, the date and location of each event is given, and there is a section at the back of the book listing the contents by region to allow readers to find out if they can experience the events for themselves either by watching or participating.


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New Years Eve
Haxey Hood Game
Twelfth Night Epiphany Cake
Straw Bear Festival
Goathland Plough Stot
Blessing the Plough
Wenlock Olympian Games
Whalton Bale
Tynwald Ceremony
Kilburn Feast
Dunmow Flitch Trial
Eyemouth Herring Queen Festival
Sham Fight
Church Clipping

Wassailing the Apple Tree
Dwile Flonking
Rocking Ceremony
Hurling the Silver Ball
Blessing the Salmon Nets
Valentines Day 14 February
Crochon Crewys
Olney Pancake Day Race
Shrove Tuesday and Lent
Scarborough Skipping Festival
Purbeck Marblersand Stonecutters Day
Shrovetide Football
29 February
Kiplingcotes Derby
Tichborne Dole
Lady Day
Easter Customs
Maundy Thursday
World Marbles Championships
Britannia Coconut Dancers
Dinas Bran Pilgrimage
Hare Pie Scramble and Bottle Kicking
World Coal Carrying Championships
Biddenden Dole
Passing the Penny
Tuttimen Hocktide Festival
St George and the Dragon
Shakespeare Procession
Letting the White Bread Meadow
Squab Parsley and Licky Pies
Knutsford Royal May Day
Obby Oss Ceremony
Sweeps Festival
Cheese Rolling
Furry Dance
Planting the Penny Hedge
Blessing the Sea
Rogation Dayand Beatingthe Bounds
Scorton Silver Arrow Tournament
Woolsack Race
Hunting ofthe Earl of Rone
Well Dressing
Garland Day
West Linton Whipman Play
Nettle Eating Contest
Summer Solstice
Midsummer Cushions
The Green Man
Bawming The Thorn
Guid Nychburris
Hepworth Feast
Golowan Festival
Braw Lads Gathering
Morris Dancing
Warcop Rush Bearing
Gāche Cake and Beanjar
Ebernoe Horn Fair
Groaty Dick and Filbelly
Puck Fair
The Burryman
Scarecrow Festival
Marhamchurch Revels
Rose of Tralee Festival
RushCart Ceremony
Burning the Bartle
Bank and Public Holidays
Oul Lammas Fair
Dulse and Yellowman
Braemar Gathering
Abbots Bromley Horn Dance
Egremont Crab Fair and Gurning Championships
Hop Hoodening
Widecombe Fair
Struan Micheil
GatheringSt Michaels Carrots
British Lawn Mower Racing Grand Prix
Old Mans Day
Lost in the Dark Bells
World Conker Championships
Moot Horn Curfew
Titchfield Carnival
Stow Gypsy Horse Fair
Oyster Feast
Turning the Devils Stone
Wroth Silver Ceremony
Horsemans Word Ceremony
Armistice Day and Martinmas 11 November
Firing the Fenny Poppers
The Biggest Liar in the World Competition
Blessing the Silkies
St Edmunds Bun
The Court Leet
National Flowers Of Britain
Atholl Brose
Tin Can Band
Tom Bawcocks Eve
StarGazey Pie
Tolling the Devils Knell
Blessing the Crib
Christmas Day Dip
Christmas Day Superstitions
Marshfield Paper Boys
Boxing DaySt Stephens Day
Masons Walk
Holy Innocents Day
Mari Lwyd Mummers Play
Mumming Plays
Fire Festivals

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