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Christmas Traditions where you live
on: December 26, 2019, 16:57:03
« Last Edit: December 26, 2019, 17:30:40 by MrBouzouki »
We live in the North of the UK, and in Sheffield where I live, we still have two teams of traditional Sword Dancers (Not Morris Dancers) who perform on Boxing Day at our local Village Cross in Woodhouse and at Handsworth church before adjourning to the pub. ;-)

My wife was out today for a walk and caught part of their performance finishing with the famous 'Sword Lock' at the end of their final dance.

Has anybody else got any Christmas traditions to share ?

http://www.handsworthsworddancers.org.uk/history.html

According to their website  "Longsword dancing is traditionally known as a midwinter dance, although it is danced all year. Handsworth danced around Christmas time, often visiting the big houses nearby. In 1963, it was decided to fix a traditional day of dance and Boxing Day was chosen. If it falls on a Sunday, then the dance is done on the Monday. "

Video at this link ... including the final "Lock"

http://www.pgmain.co.uk/kitchen/Sword_Dancers.mp4
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Re: Christmas Traditions where you live
Reply #1 on: December 26, 2019, 21:24:15
@MrBouzouki  interesting sword tradition.
I live in the middle of the Netherlands, an d towards the east there is a certain tradition of Midwinter Horn blowing.
Here a clip from 1930
https://openbeelden.nl/media/50914/Midwinterblazen

The Dutch website Openbeelden contains downloadable reusable histroci footage, recommended for VJ's
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Re: Christmas Traditions where you live
Reply #2 on: December 27, 2019, 09:36:05
Thank you for starting this thread, @MrBouzouki
The age old yell: Off with their hats is very good brought before the lens. One is even kicked aside. A tradition fitting very well in the middle ages.
(for good measure: Smilies!!!)
I have a few morris dancing LP's but they could have fooled me.
All in all a good idea to sword first and pub later!
Kind regards, Gus



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