"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Monday, 4 June 2012

It's Whitsuntide!

I had no idea until this morning when I happened on the info by chance, which shows how out of touch I am. When I was young it was something eagerly anticipated: new Sunday Best, polished shoes, shiny hair, off to Church, lusty singing, relatives, salmon and cucumber, Whit Walks and bustling neighbourhoods, strong in spirit. I wonder where it went.

There's more about the origins of Whit Sunday and Whit Walks HERE.

"Each congregation followed behind the decorated banner of their own church or chapel. The banners were (and still are) often beautifully embroidered, and were depicted with the name of their church or chapel. Following the banner was the 'May' or 'Rose' Queen and her attendants, then came all the other children, dressed in their new best clothes and often carrying flowers. Adults followed behind the children, although a few mothers and aunts walked beside the younger children. Churches often hired a band for the occasion, and sometimes this would be between the children and adults, or sometimes at the rear of the procession - and in front of the next one."


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    1. You're welcome, TT :) I think it would help if Bank Holiday dates weren't forever changing or being re-named by government!


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