Bawming the Thorn Day

Bawming the Thorn Day

Saturday nearest Midsummer Day, June 24
This is the day on which people in Appleton, Cheshire, England, celebrate the centuries-old tradition of bawming the thorn, or decorating the hawthorn tree that stands in the center of their town. Children dance around the tree after draping its branches with flowers, flags, and ribbons. According to local legend, the original hawthorn tree was planted there in 1125 by a returning crusader. It was thought to have been a cutting from the hawthorn allegedly planted in Glastonbury, England, by Joseph of Arimathea, who buried Jesus after his crucifixion.
CONTACTS:
Cheshire County Council
Duke St.
Chester, Cheshire CH1 1RL United Kingdom
44-12-4460-2574; fax: 44-12-4460-3812
www.cheshire.gov.uk
SOURCES:
BkHolWrld-1986, Jun 29