29 november 2015

Midwinter tradition

A still very much alive tradition in the eastern part of the Netherlands is called ´midwinterhoornblazen´ or ´blowing the midwinter horn´, that takes place during the period from Advent through Epiphany on January 6. More than 2,000 years ago people believed that the sound of the horns would scare off evil spirits that came in the darkness, but later it was used to announce the coming of Christ.
On this first Advent Sunday the midwinter horn group from the village of Zuidwolde organised a midwinter horn walk. Along the route of 11 km there were 15 different groups like the one on the photo.
It was wet, it was muddy, but a wonderful tradition to experience!

8 opmerkingen:

  1. I have no idea if this is a tradition my parents would have known about.

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  2. :-) I first thought it was a midwinter smoke. :-)

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  3. I never knew of this tradition while living in Holland!

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  4. Very interesting that a pagan tradition was transformed into a Christian one....and that it's still being practiced,

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  5. Something to toot your horn about.

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  6. I do love traditions, super capture here Marleen.

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  7. I do love traditions, super capture here Marleen.

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