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Whittlesey Straw Bear Festival    During the 19th century Straw Bears - men or boys clothed in a layer of straw - were a familiar Plough Monday. In some places, instead of dragging a decorated plough, one of the farm labourers dressed as a straw bear and along with other farm labourers would beg door to door for money.

Whittlesey Straw Bear Festival ~ during the century farm labourers dressed as Straw Bears would beg door to door for money on Plough Monday

Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival 2009

The Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival is an English folk tradition. The Straw Bear comes out every year on Plough Monday, the first Monday after Twelfth Night.

Weekend of singing, dancing, storytelling & parades at The Whittlesey Straw Bear Festival.. #WhittleseyStrawBearFestival #EnglishFestival #FolkCustoms #Pagan #Folk

Weekend of singing, dancing, storytelling & parades at The Whittlesey Straw Bear Festival.

Whittlesey Straw Bear on a bicycle. Don't ask.

Whittlesey Straw Bear on a bicycle.

Whittlesey Straw Bear Dances with Old Glory

Whittlesey Straw Bear dances with Old Glory at The Boat Inn.

Narrenfest 2009 - Bad Cannstatt, Whittlesey Straw Bear

Straw Bear (Douglas Kell) accompanied by his band, makes his way through the streets of Bad Cannstatt, Stuttgart, Germany, January 2009

The pig dyke molly start at the 2012 straw bear festival whittlesey

pig dyke molly whittlersey stock image from Picturenation.

Whittlesey Straw Bear Burning - January 2010

Straw Bear burning - January Don't worry, no one was inside the bear!

Mepal Molly dancing in the market square, Whittlesey, during the Straw Bear festival, January 2005

Mepal Molly dancing in the market square, Whittlesey, during the Straw Bear festival, January 2005

Choose Cambridge for quirky festivals... A straw bear fair... only in Cambridgeshire?! Whittlesey, 2013

Choose Cambridge for quirky festivals. A straw bear fair. only in Cambridgeshire?