25 december 2014

Midwinter horn stroll

This is a photo from last year´s ´Midwinter horn stroll´ in the area around the village of Zuidwolde. Midwinter horn blowing is an ancient tradition in the east part of our country, and is practiced during the period from the eve of Advent through Epiphany on January 6. The blowing of the horns was thought to rid the earth of evil spirits, and announce the coming of Christ.

6 opmerkingen:

  1. I can almost hear Mary and Joseph now saying, "What's with all that infernal horn blowing?!" :-)

  2. I associate such a horn always with snow.


  3. It reminds me of those things used in the Alps.

  4. A beautiful tradition, but I guess that is pretty loud.


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