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Friday, 29 April 2011

New DVD: Seasonal Customs of England: Blazing Barrels & Midwinter Masks - The West Country Part 1

Seasonal Customs England is the home of many diverse customs and traditions. From the Spring rites of May Day - hobby 'oss'es and floral dancing and May queens crowned. To peculiar village rights to gather wood, to the fire festivals of autumn, when the flaming tar barrels are hoisted on broad shoulders and the Guy is burned on huge bonfires and to the Winter festivals of mummers and the wassail of orchards.

Now available from Newland Media on DVD - Seasonal Customs of England: Blazing Barrels & Midwinter Masks - The West Country Part 1.  A celebration of some of the exciting customs you will only find in England. From the incredibly dangerous blazing tar barrels of Ottery St Mary to the turning of the Devil Stone, and the Punky Night custom forerunner of Trick or Treating to the Midwinter Mummers plays from Dorset and Devon. Rounded off with a Wassail and Faggot Burning. It's traditional fayre like this that keeps old England alive! Extra Features include the Original Welsh Border Morris Men on their annual (and only) tour before Christmas; the ancient 'kissing the fish' initiation; Mummers Play with the Frome Valley Morris Mummers and Pumpkin Carving.



For more information on how to purchase this DVD visit www.morrisdancersofengland.co.uk

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