Annual wassailing festival returns to Jersey

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Islanders in Jersey are hoping to bring about a good apple harvest through the ancient tradition of wassailing.

The ancient ceremony to wake up the apple trees in Jersey is taking place today at The Elms.

Wassailing is the pagan tradition of celebrating the start of the orchard year.

The event will see Helier Morris men dance around the trees at the Elms and praise them, chasing away bad spirits that could harm the apple crop.

The National Trust for Jersey is inviting islanders to join the annual Wassail Festival between 2.00 – 3.30pm at The Elms, St Mary.

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