Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Bawming of Appleton Thorn

So there is an event in Cheshire England where people adorn a a hawthorn tree with ribbons. This decorating is called "bawming". "Bawming the Thorn" occurs on the Saturday nearest to Midsummer’s Day.
According to legend, the hawthorn at Appleton Thorn grew from a cutting of the Holy Thorn at Glastonbury which was itself said to have sprung from the staff of Joseph of Arimathea, the man who arranged for Jesus's burial after the Crucifixion.
This centuries old tradition was nearly forgotten, but then revived 1n 1967.
The tree in real life is surrounded by sidewalk, and of course there would really be more people attending this village festival.
My imaginary Bawming of Appleton Thorn features only two girls in period dress. Sort of looking like they were caught in the act of ribboning this tree.  And now that I look at it, he seems a jolly, fat yodeling tree, doesn't he?

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