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Allantide in Cornwall

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 4:19pm 31st October 2014.


Cornwall celebrates Allentide.

The centuries old tradition was the Duchy's version of Halloween.

It centred on the giving of large red juicy apples as a good luck gift.

Young men and women would place them under their pillow or bed to dream of their future love.  

Simon Reed from the Cornish Culture Association says it is seeing a bit of a revival: "It easily catches the popular imagination, unlike some of the other traditions which we do. Halloween is a recognised time of year; I think it is distinctly likely that in ten years' time people could be doing a lot more Allentide.

"Cornish traditions are important for bringing the community together. You can mix quite happily a bit of Allentide into your halloween and people are actually. I'm seeing people wishing each other 'Happy Allentide' on Twitter and Facebook and people are playing the Allentide game, which is kind of like a reverse version of apple bobbing."

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