How to celebrate spring - burn your socks

Published: 22nd March 2011

How to celebrate spring - burn your socks
Foot wear is subject to some unusual traditions around the world, so perhaps it is no surprise that the people of Eastport, Annapolis in the US celebrate the coming of spring each year by burning their socks.

According to, people in the Maryland capital observe the vernal equinox with an oyster roast and sock-burning, accompanied by live music and ice cream.

The tradition dates back to the 1980s, when local marina owner Bob Turner set light to his footwear following an especially harsh winter.

"It's just a unique, quirky way we can celebrate spring," Jeff Holland, director of the Annapolis Maritime Museum, told the publication.

Even more strangely, Annapolis isn't the only place in the US that follows this tradition - according to, the people of Sauk City, Wisconsin throw their socks on a bonfire to mark the arrival of warmer weather.

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