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well dressing

n
(Ecclesiastical Terms) the decoration of wells with flowers, etc: a traditional annual ceremony of great antiquity in some parts of Britain, originally associated with the cult of water deities
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The day is also associated with Morris dancing, well-dressing and making flower garlands.
In the first ep, she's in Derbyshire, working in a sweet shop, trying well-dressing and going on the pull (calm down, Frank, it's just a tug of war competition).
Children at Scholes Junior and Infant School took part in a well-dressing ceremony with two local artists.
The Barley Mow (E) Compilation from the BFI National Archive, exploring British folk customs and traditions from well-dressing to Morris dancing.
The pretty village of Bakewell is famous for its magical well-dressing and tasty puddings, while glorious Chatsworth House and Park is one of Britain's best-loved stately homes, with priceless treasures and stunning gardens.
Which English county is the centre for the tradition of well-dressing, thought to reflect the pagan custom of giving thanks for fresh water?
One can thus read up on mumming, Guy Fawkes night, hopscotch, St George, Bampton Morris Dancers, Halloween, Royal Oak Day, well-dressing, etc.
We sneaked into a couple of well-dressing preparations where the painstaking work of making up the pictures was in progress.
When I read in one of the scripts that Deb was to give a speech at a well-dressing ceremony I wondered if it was because she'd been voted best dressed woman in the parish,'' she chuckles.
Hence the financial plight facing farmers in the wake of foot and mouth, the growth of illegal dog-fighting and the battle for the environment are just well-dressing for a Christie-style mystery.
Art activities will include a Crazy Craft Corner, edible novelties and a well-dressing demonstration.