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Padstow May Day ‘Obby Oss’

Monday, 2 May, 2016

With its origins in the Celtic Beltane festival, Mayday celebrates the return of the sun after a long winter. Across Cornwall, many towns and villages build a maypole and decorate their streets and houses with seasonal flowers and bunting.

But Padstow in particular is famous for its Mayday celebrations Obby Oss.

Locals spend the night decorating the town’s streets with flags, flowers and greenery complete with a maypole. The following morning, two traditional ‘Osses, one red and one blue, emerge from their stables and dance though the streets taunted by a Teazer, who leads the dance.

There is a real carnival atmosphere that lasts all day and into the evening.


Monday, 2 May, 2016


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