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Abbots Bromley Horn Dance

06 Sep 2019  Fri

The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance is an English folk dance dating back to the Middle Ages. The dance takes place each year in Abbots Bromley, a village in Staffordshire, England.

Issued on 9th July, the Horn Dance stamp is one of the stamps among the set of eight stamps celebrating local customs and festivals. These eight colorful and engaging illustrations capture the spirit of well-known and some not so well-known customs that take place around the UK each year. Many of these customs involve dancing, singing, and dressing up.

Abbots Bromley's Horn Dance is one of eight stamps. The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, performed at the Barthelmy Fair in August 1226, is one of the few ritual rural customs to survive the passage of time. Today, the dance is performed in early September by six men carrying the reindeer antlers and by characters dressed as Maid Marian, a fool, a hobby horse and a bowman.

The stamp worth GBP 1.60 depicts participants in a horn dance and a bog snorkeling competition. This eye-catching stamp is illustrated in red and violet color. The other festivals depicted on stamps are 1) Burning the Clocks, Brighton, 2) Obby ‘Oss, Padstow 3) World Gurning Championships, Egremont, Cumbria 4) U Helly Aa, Lerwick, Shetland 5) Cheese Rolling, Brockworth, Gloucestershire 6) Halloween, Londonderry and 7) Bog Snorkelling, Llanwrtyd, Powys.

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