A long time ago the year was marked out with special days which marked the passing year. These were days of celebrations where people would do things, eat things or make things which they would not normally do.
See also folklore, facts and sayings about September
The ancient Horn Dance is an annual event held traditionally on the first Monday after the first Sunday after September 4th!
The famous Horn
Dance is performed by six Deer-men
who wear reindeer horns. The dancers follow a 10 mile course
and perform the ritual in 12 different locations in and around the
village, whilst the musician plays tunes such as “The Farmers
Boy” and “Uncle Mick” on a melodeon, with accompaniment
from a triangle.
It involves surrounding a Church by holding hands. The custom is supposed to be an outward display of affection by the parishioners, for their church. Its origins are unknown.
Painswick Church Clipping, Painswick, Gloucestershire
3rd week in September
Wirksworth Clipping the Church, Peak Districton
Sunday nearest to the 8th of September.
- Canterbury Kent - Early September
The county of Kent was the main hop growing area in the country. Hop Hoodening celebrates the harvesting of the hops. The celebration begins with a Procession through the shopping precincts into the Cathedral by the
Hop Queen in a Hop Bower, followed by country dancers and Morris Men. The
procession is usually accompanied by two Hooden Horses .
- Hyde Park Church - Third Sunday
The vicar of St John's Church appears before his congregation on horseback and blesses a hundred or so horses. He then leads a cavalcade of over 100 horses and riders to the church to celebrate horse riding in the heart of London.
At noon the horses begin to arrive in procession, lining up along the forecourt of the church and on Hyde Park Crescent for a blessing, before taking part in a ride-past and a presentation of rosettes.
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