Traditions

An early photo of children at Midgley School rehearsing the Pace Egg Play in the school playground.

Some of the highlights of the Calderdale year are the re-enactments of traditions with their roots in the distant past. Easter sees the Pace Egg Play, while the Rushbearing Festival enlivens early autumn.

Luck talismans and other symbols may be found built into houses in the Calderdale area and many of the old stone houses of the borough retain features of folk beliefs relating to the protection of enclosed spaces and their tenants.

Historically, a number of pubs and inns had particular customs attached to them too, including the mayor-making ceremony at the Lord Nelson Inn at Luddenden - see pubs and local customs.