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  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 19 Jun 2019, 01:26
Is it a Fertility Dance, Chris, or just organised silliness of an outdoors kind?
Chris: Spring fertility Ole Bean..
Love their costumes!
Chris: A lot of effort has gone into this. They dance all around Bristol..
Bizarres leurs costumes, je ne les trouve pas très beau.
Chris: They represent spring fertility Martine
How fun, Chris. The things you see!
Chris: One day a year we have this spectacle to see in Bristol Ginnie
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 19 Jun 2019, 06:33
An old tradition kept alive, Chris. It is fun to see these men. (Can women be "Jacqueline-in-the-Green"?
Chris: In this day and age EVERYTHING is possible Astrid
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk: Where the sun rises first in England
  • 19 Jun 2019, 06:50
This ‘Rent a Mob’ of dancers arrives annually in Halesworth as well.
Chris: Jack in the Green, also known as Jack o' the Green, is an English folk custom associated with the celebration of May Day. It involves a pyramidal or conical wicker or wooden framework that is decorated with foliage being worn by a person as part of a procession, often accompanied by musicians.

The Jack in the Green tradition developed in England during the eighteenth century. It emerged from an older May Day tradition—first recorded in the seventeenth century—in which milkmaids carried milk pails that had been decorated with flowers and other objects as part of a procession. Increasingly, the decorated milk pails were replaced with decorated pyramids of objects worn on the head, and by the latter half of the eighteenth century the tradition had been adopted by other professional groups, such as bunters and chimney sweeps. The earliest known account of a Jack in the Green came from a description of a London May Day procession in 1770. By the nineteenth century, the Jack in the Green tradition was largely associated with chimney sweeps.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 19 Jun 2019, 07:03
I am drawn to the green "tower" in the middle. Would that have held a human for sacrifice in previous times, Chris?
Chris: Well you never know Lisl. Our ancestors were a bloody lot, after all..
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 19 Jun 2019, 07:05
I recall to have seen this ritual previously on your blog - a spring fertility ritual- wonderful!
Chris: This ceremony was a new one for me. What you might have seen on my blog before was possibly the Marshfield Paper Boys

Des costumes très originaux ..s'ils sont en papier cela doit être fragile !
Chris: No, not paper Claudine, but cloth
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Jun 2019, 08:18
No doubt some fertility dance. Or are the participants having a fight with each other?
Chris: Maybe it's a fertility fight??
A very nice photo!
Chris: Thank you Roland. This is an annual event in Bristol celebrating springtime
A rally by the Brexit party?
Chris: Please do not LOWER THE TONE of my serious blog!
If it's a May Day celebration what one earth are they going to do next year now the Bank Holiday has been (stupidly) moved!
Chris: It's a worry isn't it Brian..
I watched a few videos of this a couple of years ago after you or someone in England introduced me to this.
Chris: One of our many & diverse UK customs Mary..
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Jun 2019, 15:14
Is this a form of Morris dancing?
Chris: There's a lot more activity & violence in this Anne..
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 19 Jun 2019, 17:54
Is this advanced Morris dancing Tiff.
Chris: This is martial art dancing Chad!
Strange people the English....Try explaining this ( and Morris dancing ) to an American, let me know how you get on, Chris.
Chris: Err...I'll pass on that Frank
Good to see this Chris! It's not something I see often in London smile
Chris: Out in the sticks we get all sorts of historical nonsense Martin
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 19 Jun 2019, 22:27
The guy on the right seems to have taken a blow to the shoulder.

Oh my, I see these guys are supposed to be fertile...
Chris: They are as fertile as spring itself

Well...that's the idea

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