IN normal yearOn Trinity Sunday (8 weeks after Easter), thousands of residents of the city of Mons, Belgium, killed a local on a horse in the guise of St. George, a huge plastic around the town square. Chase the dragon. The procession, known as Mons Ducas or simply Dudu, began in the 14th century to celebrate the end of the plague outbreak. But for the past two years, Doudou has been canceled by a new plague, along with most of the traditional European carnivals and festivals.
This summer, vaccinations began tame covid-19 and the continental folk rally was revived. In June, the Swedes staged a reduced version of the Midsummer Festival celebration. (Unlike the film of the same name, Congress threw the prime minister, but these did not include throwing an old man off a cliff.) In Norway, the indigenous Scandinavian people Sami performed the annual Reduridu art music. Hold a festival. New additional time, such as seminars on sexuality. The village of Goudelin in Brittany will resume its unique practice of driving horses into ponds and baptizing them in mid-July.
Many festivals have roots in Christian and pagan rituals. Festa Major Villa Franca in Catalonia in late August honoring the patron saint of the town, St. Felix. It’s not clear why his celebration should include competition for the world’s largest human tower. Others have lost their religious ties. Just steps from Villafranca, Manresa ended the procession of relics (small pieces of saint’s body) in August decades ago and replaced them with a street carnival containing costumed demons and fireworks.
Such habits give people a sense of belonging. More roughly, they bring tourists. They are also often linked to politics. Remkowatra, a July festival dedicated to the music and culture of the Remko ethnic minorities in southern Poland, was one of the few types of cultural incompatibility accepted by the communist regime to celebrate the ethnic traditions of the 1980s. It started in. Similarly, the Soviet Ukrainian preserved a summer solstice festival called Ivan Kuparo and a strangely high-pitched folk song. Its traditional hypnotic vocal style helps the Ukrainian group Go_A win the second-largest audience vote this spring at Europe’s largest annual folk gathering, the Eurovision Song Contest. I did.
This article was published in the printed European section under the heading “After the plague, delight”.
European folk festival restarts as the decline of covid-19
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