|Where:||Canterbury, Kent at the Cathedral & Precincts|
|When:||2nd Saturday in September (usually but sometimes Saturday of 2nd weekend which isn't always the same!)|
Hop Hoodening is the Kentish harvest festival featuring the traditional Hooden Horse, a hobby-horse with snapping jaws. There is a special service at Canterbury Cathedral, preceded by a procession around the precincts. Expect morris men accompanied by the Hooden Horses and lots of hops from the local harvest. The Hop Queen will arrive amidst a bower constructed of hop-bines and everyone makes their way into the Cathdedral with the exception of the horses (because they are pagan!). During the service the morris men dance in front of the altar and appropriate hymns are sung. Afterwards there’s plenty more dancing around town!
In 2013 it will be on Saturday 7th September.
Click here for the Cathedral website : http://www.canterbury-cathedral.org/
Photo by chrisjohnbeckett.
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