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A Photo Collection of Britain's Strangest Traditions

A Photo Collection of Britain's Strangest Traditions
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This week, Postcard brought you stories from Hallaton, where two towns stage an annual Rugby-esque battle over a gallon of beer. A deeper dig reveals this isn't just an anomaly. Reuters has helpfully pulled together a photo collection of England's oddest events. Below: burning boats, foam-covered students, and a good old-fashioned joust.


A woman makes her way across a muddy field in Union Jack Wellington boots on the third day of the Glastonbury Festival in Worthy Farm, Somerset. (Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)


Flames engulf a viking longboat as it is set on fire during the Up Helly Aa fire festival in Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland January 29, 2013. The Up Helly Aa festival, introduced by men returning from the Napoleonic Wars of the early 19th century, takes place annually on the last Tuesday of January. (David Moir/Reuters)


Performers dressed as medieval knights joust at Knebworth House in Hertfordshire. Knebworth House, a stately home of the Lytton family since 1490, hosted The Knights Of Royal England in their first medieval jousting tournament of the season. (Olivia Harris/Reuters)


Foam covered students from St Andrews University participate in the traditional Raisin Monday celebrations in St Andrews, Scotland. The tradition dates back to the early days of the university when new students would give senior students one pound of raisins in gratitude for their help in adapting to university life, in exchange for a receipt written in Latin. Failure to produce such a receipt could result in a dousing in the local fountain. Nowadays the raisins have been replaced with a bottle of wine and the dousing with foam. (David Moir/Reuters)

Amanda Erickson is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic Cities. All posts »

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