Monday, August 17, 2009

Burry Man


The Burry Man of South Queensferry, Scotland walked the streets collecting money and drinking whisky yesterday in a traditional ceremony.
The event, which has been played out on the second Friday of every August since 1687, saw John Nicol dressed in burrs from head to toe as he paraded the streets.

The flannel costume is completely covered with the hooked fruits of Arctium lappa and Arctium minus, which the Burry Man must collect himself. Residents offered him gifts in the hope that it will bring them luck.

http://news.scotsman.com/scotland/Queensferry-greets-prickly-customer.5557741.jp

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