Monday, 30 March 2009

Out with Winter, welcome Spring

Yesterday we went to the Mill on what by now is our 5th yearly Spring ritual of saying Goodbye to Winter. 31st for the host family! The weather was foul, so there were fewer people than last year but it was still fun, and, as always, we appreciated the genuinness of the occasion. Young and old gathered together with music and dancing, keeping alive the folk tradition and the songs that go with it, and passing it down the generations Last year's post describes the ritual in detail - in brief, what happens is that an effigy of Winter is dressed, taken to a river with much merriment, and then set on fire and thrown into the water, to be taken away and to make room for Spring to arrive. Here just a few photos.

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