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GUEST,Willa Good Luck on Burrymans Day (7) RE: Good Luck on Burrymans Day 04 Aug 01

Burryman's parade is during the 2nd week in August. South Queensferry is in West Lothian, Scotland. Most sites actually say its Aug 14 every year, but I think its actually variable (just some time during the 2nd week of aug). heres what some of websites say:

August 14 Every year on this date, a "burryman" (a man wearing a costume of thistle burrs, and representing an ancient fertility god) walks through the streets in MANY** of the fishing villages along the coast of Scotland, collecting donations from the villagers. The origin of the burryman remains a mystery.

14 August The Burryman, South Queensferry Scotland. On the second Friday of August, a man completely covered in Burdock burs walks the boundaries of the town, a distance of seven miles. The ritual probably has pagan origins

The Burry Man:

The Burry Man has a special place in Scottish tradition and folklore. Every August, for centuries, the Burry Man has walked the streets of South Queensferry, Scotland, a small fishing village near Edinburgh. The residents believe he will bring luck to the town if they give him whisky and money. There's many theories about how he got started, what the ceremony means, why it continues. Basically, though, he walks, collecting whisky and money... because he's collecting whisky and money. The fact that he carries on a tradition thousands of years old (which he does); that he is a symbol of rebirth, regeneration and fertility that predates just about all contemporary religions (which it is); that he is covered in burrs from head to foot - ankle, actually - for long cold and sometimes wet hours perhaps to epitomize a "scapegoat" or "resurrection" mythology, and is uncomfortable at best and in great pain at worst (which he most definitely is); is secondary to the fact that he simply is. Burry Man Day is the second Friday in August.

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