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Welcome Ceremony incorporating burning mid-winter man  - Friday 13 July

This year we're working with the team from Nayri Niara Good Spirit Festival to bring you a Tasmanian Aboriginal  Welcome Ceremony culminating in burning a 13 metre tall effigy. We burn an effigy at the festival to collectively let go of any negative energy and make way for the new.

Wassailing - Saturday 14 July

The purpose of wassailing is to awake the cider apple trees and to scare away evil spirits to ensure a good harvest of fruit in the Autumn. The ceremonies of each wassail vary but they generally all have the same core elements. A wassail King and Queen lead the song and/or a processional tune to be played/sung from one orchard to the next, the wassail Queen will then be lifted up into the boughs of the tree where she will place toast soaked in Wassail from the Clayen Cup as a gift to the tree spirits (and to show the fruits created the previous year).

Then we will have the wassail which we want you all to join  in!

Old Apple tree we’ll wassail thee,
And hoping thou wilt bear.
The Lord does know where we shall be
To be merry another year.

To blow well and to bear well,
And so merry let us be.
Let every man drink up his cup
And health to the old apple tree.

Then we want you to sing and shout and bang drums and pots & pans and generally make a terrible racket until the gunsmen give a great final volley through the branches to make sure the work is done!