Friday, 13 February 2015

Everyone gathers to dance

The day after Christmas here is Wren Day, when we and all our neighbours go to the nearby forest and take part in an ancient tradition.

Some local men dress up in straw-covered costumes -- "straw boys" -- and others in proverbial Robin Hood gear, as "Wren Boys." The Wren Boys try to protect a model of a wren, and the straw boys try to steal it, and they chase each other around the forest with everyone shouting. Finally the wren is recaptured and crowned the King of Birds, songs are sung, poems are recited ...

And then everyone gathers to dance.

1 comment:

Anubis Bard said...

Well that gave me chills.

In a good way.