If you happen to be in May in England, be sure to plan your trip so that you get to the Rochester Chimney Sweep Festival. As expected, in Britain they not only honor traditions, but also organically fit them into modern life. The profession of a chimney sweep has not yet become obsolete, it has simply changed somewhat technically, however, at the festival in Rochester you can meet characters known to us from children’s books.
Yes, yes, those very thin grubby heroes in the same top hat and with a special brush for chimneys in their hands. To meet a chimney sweep is good luck, says the folk omen. This year, May 4 to 6 in Rochester, luck will be waiting for you at every turn. May 1 is traditionally dedicated to a character named Jack-in-the-Green, who will also appear in the carnival procession, led by Milord and closed by Milady, which will take place on May 6.
In 2013, the Rochester Chimney Sweep Festival will be held for the 33rd time. The program of the holiday includes performances by folklore and ethnic groups, as well as theatrical performances.