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Mistletoe Festival

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Over the course of discovering festivals for World Reviewer we've come across some unusually dedicated events – for example I'll bet not that many people are aware of that mistletoe is deemed worthy of having its own event – it's got its own day – on the first Saturday in December – but apparently it's worthy of having its own festival as well, which centres around the traditional mistletoe auctions held annually in Tenbury, Worcestershire.

Tenbury has held mistletoe auctions for a century or more, and though it can't necessarily be traced back to pagan times the modern version of the event has taken on a pagan feel quite a few people option to dress cassock-y. The mistletoe and holly crops are no longer auctioned off in the old livestock market, but in a new venue just out of town.

As well as being able to buy a LOT of mistletoe – this is a festival for the terminally hopeful – festival visitors can also witness the Druid Mistletoe Blessing and the Crowing of the Mistletoe Queen and the Holly Prince – lip balm at the ready boys and girls - and partake in a cup of mistletoe tea, naturally accompanied by a mistletoe bun – apparently it's not poisonous after all.

Written by  Kat Mackintosh.

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