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Flax Pulling

Flax was usually pulled up by groups of helpers. The last sheaf to be tied was always larger than the others. Wreaths made from the best flax plants graced the harvest feast. The farmer's wife was seated in a chair decorated with flowers and greenery. The gathered workers placed a wreath on her head and lifted her chair into the air. Another wreath was woven for the best flax puller. It was placed on a plate around a cup of beer. Only after the lead harvester drank all of the beer in the dish was she allowed to wear her wreath.



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