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David Castleton explores a curious local tradition in Glentham, Lincolnshire, which seems to merge folkloric traditions with Christian rituals.

The image of the Gypsy conjures up ideas of a carefree people, who live life without rules and restrictions. In

Kim McGreal explores the curious and macabre origins of some well-known childhood nursery rhymes.

In America’s Dairyland, expressing one’s ethnic identity sometimes means not only participating in the revitalization of a folk art but

In the great wealth of witch-related lore, the image of the persecuted local midwife is one of the most enduringly popular.

Although their origins lie in Japanese folk traditions, omamori are still a popular sight throughout Japan. The word itself, 御守り,

Maypoles are often seen as a quintessentially English tradition, yet in Bavaria the raising of the Maibaum (or May Tree)

May Day is a traditional spring celebration in many cultures, linked with Gaelic Beltane, and is now also the date of Labour

I began writing 'Maypoles, Mandrakes and Mistletoe: A Treasury of British Folklore' back in April last year.

Eggs—long symbols of fertility, rebirth, and love—inundate just-budded trees throughout eastern Pennsylvania each spring. While most states celebrate Easter with

#FolkloreThursday's Willow Winsham interviews storyteller Jean Edmiston and her daughter Amanda on their family storytelling tradition, and Jean's new story,

The final article in the series exploring common superstitions is ‘fingers crossed.’ Crossing your fingers is a common gesture in

The Lost Words, written by Robert Macfarlane and illustrated by me was published in October of last year by Hamish

The joy of folklore is that it can be discovered and enjoyed at any age! Kate Boughton (@bigsmallfolk) shares some fun

Generally, clover represents protection, fertility and abundance, but where does the widespread belief in a four leaf clover’s good luck

Here Nalin Verma recalls memories of his uncle, from his childhood growing up in Bihar.

Chris Kullstroem delves into the world of monsters, their cultural festivals and scare tourism

Fairies were frequently blamed in Irish culture for events out of the ordinary or scenarios that were difficult to explain.

The exploration into the origins of common superstitions continues with ‘wishing on a star’.

The concept of a witch, that is a practitioner of magic, has been part of western folklore for centuries, yet

The idea that the womb wandered about the female body was prevalent in antiquity, even after it was disproven by

The Fairy Census: 2014-2017 is a collection of modern fairy sightings. These have been collected through an internet questionnaire via

This month, we're delighted that the wonderful folks over at The Countryman magazine have kindly featured #FolkloreThursday in their January edition! 

In a strange old custom, the Dundee dressed herring is dressed in a crepe paper skirt and bonnet combination

The exploration into the origins of common superstitions continues with spilling salt as a bad omen.

He used to bleat. Walking upright, a goat the size of a grown man would tramp in from the cold

From the animals that witnessed the Nativity, to the robins on our greetings cards and Santa’s reindeer, the creatures of

According to some, leaving shoes on the table is a harbinger of death. This originates from the practice of honouring

When considering dog folklore, we generally think of those stories which feature the Grimm, the Gytrash, or other sinister black

In the telling of stories, the ghosts of our families still walk, and create a sense of belonging to a

The city of Peterborough in the east of England and its surrounding region is one of the few English areas

Icy Sedgwick explores the folklore, beliefs, and superstitions associated with the human skeleton in traditional and contemporary cultures across the

Kulning is a high pitched singing technique used by women to communicate with animals and over great distances, most common

Madeline D'Este explores the possible origins behind the common belief that the act of opening an umbrella indoors invites bad

‘Breaking the wishbone’ is a tradition around the world in the days after a Sunday roast, Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Before the advent of agricultural machinery, harvest time was an important period of physical work and folk tradition and ritual

Bad luck from breaking a mirror has a long history, and the ominous associations are pervasive around the world.

The cutting of a couple’s wedding cake is often the highlight of a wedding reception with newlyweds making their first

Cars and motorbikes have been with us for over 130 years. In that time they’ve gathered superstitions and urban legends

The superstition of 'touch wood', or 'knock on wood' is still common today, but what was its original source? Madeleine