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Allendale Tar Barrel Burning

31 December - A version of burning out the old year, locals walk down the street with blazing tar barrels on their heads. Some of these are then thrown to light a bonfire.

Christmas, Yule and the Winter Solstice

Ghost of Christmas

The 25th of December is associated with the birth of Christ and the celebration of the nativity, but it is also an amalgamation of pagan festivals and traditions dating back before the birth of Christ. Read More »

East Yorkshire News Year's Traditions

The following New Year traditions from East Yorkshire were published in 'County Folk-Lore Volume VI - Examples of Printed Folk-Lore Concerning The East Riding of Yorkshire (1911)’ which was edited by Eliza Glutch.

All peacock feathers must be thrown out before New Year's Day, or else you will have ill luck.
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Holy Innocent's Day

28 December - Holy Innocent's Day is said to be the unluckiest day of the year.

Hull Christmas Traditions

According to 'County Folk-Lore Volume VI - Examples of Printed Folk-Lore Concerning The East Riding of Yorkshire (1911)’ edited by Eliza Glutch. 'On Christmas morning in Hull the children come in droves, pealing at your door-bell in order to wish you "a merry Christmas." The following is a favourite doggerel: Read More »

St Lucy's Day

13 December - Traditionally a day for divining the identity of future husbands.



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