May Day celebrations at St Breock

May Day celebrations at St Breock

Posted by admin on May 8,2019

This year’s May Day ’Obby ’Oss celebrations at
St Breock were the best yet!

May Day (or ’Obby ’Oss Day as it is known) is the biggest day in Padstow’s calendar. It is not unusual to see 30,000 people crammed into this little town on the day when Padstonians from all over the world return to their roots. The origins of the ’Obby ’Oss are numerous. Some say the celebration has its roots in pagan times, others that it's a rain maker, a fertility symbol, a deterrent to a possible landing by the French some centuries ago or perhaps a welcome to the summer.

Locals spend the night decorating the town’s streets with flags, flowers and greenery complete with a maypole and the following morning two ‘osses’, one red and one blue emerge from their stables. The ‘osses’, swirling and dancing proceed through Padstow’s streets taunted by a Teaser, who leads the dance with theatrical movements.

The children and our residents had enormous fun teasing the ’oss. In fact everybody had such a fantastic day dancing around and singing, they can’t wait until next year’s celebrations come around to do it all over again!

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It looks like everybody had so much fun!