As a fan of unique customs, traditions and strange games I read with interest about the annual event of ‘Harwich Kichel Throwing’ that is held in Harwich, Essex on the third Thursday of May.
The tradition has some similarities to the Bun Throwing ceremonies that take place in Abingdon-on-Thames.
As part of the yearly Mayor Making ceremony the newly elected Mayor of Harwich throws small spiced fruit buns called ‘Kichels’ from the window of the Guildhall to the crowd of children below.
The event began a couple of hundred years ago and prior to 1949 the event of ‘Mayor’s Day’ took place on the 21st of December each year.
This year the Harwich Kichel Throwing will be taking place on Thursday 17th of May.
To read more about the custom of Harwich Kichel Throwing check out the following links:
- Harwich Town Diary
- Calendar Customs