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Helston Flora Day 2010 ; The Hal-an-Tow

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Uploaded on May 9, 2010

Traditionally held on May 8th. Helston Flora Day is a relic of the ancient festival of Beltane. The Hal-an-Tow takes place early in the day at various locations within the town. Its exact meaning is now lost in the mists of time but it is evidently derived from a mystery play with references to invading Spaniards and including a noisy re-enactment of a deadly battle between the Devil himself and the Archangel Michael during which townsfolk clad in green and dressed as sticks rush through the streets banging tambourines and blowing shrill whistles. More to see at http://www.johnstedman.co.uk

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