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Obby Oss

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Padstow is famous for Obby Oss, a May Day festival richly steeped in tradition and thought to be of Celtic origin. The day unfolds with flowers, flags, drums and singing, and a procession winds around Padstow following first the blue oss and then later the red oss – both startling-looking ribboned effigies that prance through the streets entertaining the crowds. One of Cornwall’s most historic and unique festivals, it’s a rousing ritual, not to be missed – grab a pasty, a pint and a songsheet, and join in.

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