from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The decoration of wells and springs with flowers, etc., accompanied by religious observances, practised at set times in England (especially at Tissington, in Derbyshire, on Ascension day) and elsewhere. Also called well-flowering.


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  • Well Dressing is a custom practised in rural England in which wells, springs or other water sources are decorated with designs created from flower petals. The origins of the tradition are alternatively said to lie in pagan tradition or in giving thanks for the purity of the water drawn from certain wells during the period of the Black Death.


    February 18, 2008