The annual Gurning World Championship, Cumbria, UK. Photo credit: Pinterest.
“As the natural world ticks along its endless cycle of birth, growth, and death, there is much to celebrate, much to commemorate, and much to be superstitious about. The Brits have had a long time to work up their own unique reactions to these moments, and their customs and traditions can loosely be split into two subjective categories: those I grew up with and understand (and are therefore Not Weird) and those I do not recognize and do not understand (and are therefore Weird). Of course, if you’re not from around here, they’re all weird.”
Back catalogue: Anglophenia: Five Birth Traditions of the British Isles (Some Of Which Are Disgusting)
Anglophenia: Iconic British Things No. 14: Morris Dancing
Anglophenia: 10 British Ways to Ring in the New Year
Anglophenia: The Brit List: Five British Holidays Americans May Not Know About
Anglophenia: Shrove Tuesday: Football, Racing and Lots of Pancakes
Anglophenia: British Good Friday Traditions: Pace-Egging, Tosspot and St. George
Anglophenia: Five British Easter Traditions That Will Surprise Americans
Anglophenia: Easter Is Coming: Let’s Make a Simnel Cake
Anglophenia: Five British Things You Must Do On May Day
Anglophenia: May Day: The Hills Are Alight With the Fire of Beltane
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