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ENGLAND: PADSTOW HOBBY HORSE: From midnight 30 April-1 May Oss, teaser & attendants dance through the streets. Any who dance with Oss will be blessed with good fortune

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This photograph captures the mystical and ancient tradition of the Padstow Hobby Horse procession, which takes place in the quaint fishing town of Padstow, England, between midnight on April 30 and May 1. The image showcases the Oss, a large, intricately-designed horse figure, led by its teaser and attendants, as they dance through the narrow, dimly-lit streets. Dating back to the 18th century, this tradition is deeply rooted in the history and folklore of Padstow and is believed to bring good fortune to those who dance with the Oss. The Oss, which is made from a wooden frame, covered with hides, and adorned with ribbons, horns, and other decorations, is carried aloft by the teaser and his assistants. The teaser, dressed in a colorful costume, dances provocatively to encourage the crowd to join in the dance. The attendants, dressed in white shirts and black trousers, follow closely behind, keeping the rhythm with their bells and drums. The Padstow Hobby Horse procession is steeped in history and is one of the oldest surviving customs in England. It is believed to have originated from pagan rituals, and its origins are shrouded in mystery. The tradition was revived in the 1940s and has been a cherished part of Padstow's cultural heritage ever since. This photograph, taken in the 1940s, offers a glimpse into the past and captures the magic and enchantment of this unique and fascinating tradition. The image transports us back in time, allowing us to experience the excitement and wonder of this ancient custom, which continues to captivate and inspire generations.

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