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What is happening on the day

the excitement starts here

There will be live music from Potskerff. Brandon from Down on Ward Street will be there rock us and a new comer John Mac Vay, will entertain us.

There will be many stalls to peruse offering unique and interesting goods, we have some interesting food on offer too.

As always there will spot prizes for the best dressed and the most interesting individuals  

There will be jumping castles, story time, and some old fashion games and a magic house too.

Origins of Yule

In the Northern hemisphere, the winter solstice has been celebrated for millennia. The Norse peoples viewed it as a time for much feasting, merrymaking, and, if the Icelandic sagas are to be believed, a time of sacrifice as well. Traditional customs such as the Yule log, the decorated tree, and wassailing can all be traced back to Norse origins.

The Celts of the British Isles celebrated midwinter as well. Although little is known about the specifics of what they did, many traditions persist.A

According to the writings of Pliny the Elder, this is the time of year in which Druid priests sacrificed a white bull and gathered mistletoe in celebration.

The editors over at Huffington Post remind us that “until the 16th century, the winter months were a time of famine in northern Europe. Most cattle were slaughtered so that they wouldn’t have to be fed during the winter, making the solstice a time when fresh meat was plentiful.

Most celebrations of the winter solstice in Europe involved merriment and feasting. In pre-Christian Scandinavia, the Feast of Juul, or Yule, lasted for 12 days celebrating the rebirth of the sun and giving rise to the custom of burning a Yule log.”

 

Still to be confirmed…

There will be a gate fee of  R15 per car (parking available)
R15 per adult, R10 per child under 13 & pensioners.

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