Welcome to a Summer of Fairy Festivals
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 | Admin
Your Wish is Our Command – Welcome to a Summer of Fairy Festivals
We're attending the big 3 Wishes Fairy Festival (http://fairyfestival.co.uk/) in Cornwall, the 'Gathering of the Celtic Faery Clans', this weekend, an event we've been looking forward to for ages. As you can imagine our collection of fairy dresses, pixie tops and coats, and beautiful boho-style clothing goes down really well at fairy festivals, which are themselves getting more and more popular by the year. So what's the whole fairy thing about, and why is it so popular? We thought it'd be fun to take a look at fairy culture.
About fairy culture
These days fairies are usually seen as tiny little people with delicate gossamer wings, waving magic wands. But go back in time and the fairy tradition is darker, much more mysterious. Welcome to the strange and wonderful world of the Little People, the Hidden People.
It's surprising how many different cultures around the world have their own fairy stories. It makes you wonder where they all came from. Some people believe fairies represent an ancient folk memory of our distant hominid ancestors, people like the tiny Homo Floresiensis, whose miniature bones were found on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003, hinting at a race of small people direcftly related to Homo Sapiens, people who stood just three feet high. Some say fairies are ghosts or spirits, others think they're fallen angels. Either way folklore describes literally hundreds of different fairies, some tiny and beautiful, others frightening, ugly and capricious.
The oldest English fairies we know about were documented way back in the 1200s by an historian called Gervase of Tilbury. Since then they have boomed, with Hobgoblins and Brownies being cited as guardian fairies who live in our homes, and spooky Irish Banshees that only appear to warn of a tragedy.
Bugaboos are bad fairies, to be feared, and some local fairies in the highlands of Scotland are downright terrifying, hideous hags as opposed to pretty things in floaty, filmy dresses. Nature fairies have always been popular, probably the long lost ancestors of pre-Christian gods and goddesses, perhaps the embodied spirits of streams, rivers, forests and trees.
Find yourself in a remote marsh at night and you might spot marsh gas flames flickering, in other words methane gas, the phenomenon behind the Jack-o-Lantern, also called the Will-o-the-Wisp, another dangerous fairy you'll want to avoid.
Fairy tales persist to this day. In 1962 a farmer's wife claimed she'd been lost on the Berkshire Downs when a little green man appeared and showed her the way. And another case involves a woman on holiday in Cornwall who saw – in the company of her daughter – a little green man who scared them so much that the pair ran away as fast as they could, totally terrified.
About the 3 Wishes Fairy Festival
The 3 Wishes Fairy Festival has been going for eleven years and it keeps on getting bigger and better. This time around they're trying to break the world record for the biggest ever gathering of fairies in one place, aiming for a mention in the famous Guinness Book of Records.
The idea behind the festival is lovely, to create a safe, happy space where everyone can come together, listen to great music, celebrate faeries and have fun. There are two stages, each featuring bands from noon to midnight, plus more than 90 different activities including nightly fire fairy shows, a magical fairy bar, and a pirate-themed bar with its own mermaids.
How come fairy festivals have become so popular? We think it's because everyone can relate to fairies, having been told fairytales through our childhoods. It's about good memories, joy and happiness, visiting a place that transports you to fairyland for three days of fantasy and magic. And Cornwall is the lost land of the last ancient Celts, which adds even more magic to the brew.
See you at the weekend?
If you'll be enjoying one of the UK's many fairy festivals this summer and you'd like to look the part, check out our stunning collection of fairy inspired clothing, everything from funky pixie hoodies to keep the evening chill away to sumptuous, floaty genuine silk fairy dresses in the most luscious colours you can imagine. If you're going to the 3 Wishes event, we'll see you there.
PS. Have you ever seen a fairy? If so we'd love to hear about it – please leave a comment.