The Cornish Traditional Year Simon Reed

The Cornish Traditional Year Simon Reed

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Just as the language of Cornwall is crucial to the continued survival of the Cornish people, so it is equally crucial to practice and understand our distinctive Cornish calendar. This book presents to all the people of Cornwall the full exposition of the yearly cycle that forms such an important part of our culture. Celebrating together leads to strong communities and positive sense of identity, by adopting, reviving or preserving this heritage we take giant steps towards ensuring the future of the Cornish culture into the 21st Century and beyond.   

Pagination: 141 pages, plus 12 pages of photographic plates (18 photographs by Jane Cox and Phil Green). 16 line drawings and figures, 12 by Gemma Gary, 4 by other artists.


Golowan, Midsummer fires and the feasts of Peter and John
Tansys Golowan – The Cornish Midsummer Carol
Late Survivals and Revivals
The Old Cornwall Bonfire Ceremony

Lammas – Goel Est

Guldize – The Cornish Harvest Festival

Allantide – The Cornish festival of Magic and Apples The Parish Feast

Nadelik – The Cornish Christmas
The Mock or Cornish Yule Log
Guise, or Geese Dancing
Christmas Food
Padstow Mummers’ Days
The Cornish Carol or “Curl”
The Cornish Christmas Bush or Bunch
Robin’s Alight
The Candle Dance
Tom Bawcock’s Eve – The Mousehole Feast
New Year
Twelfth Night

Candlemas, Nickanan Night, and Shrovetide

St Piran’s Day and other Miners’ Holidays

The Cornish May Traditions
Padstow ‘Obby ‘Oss
Polperro May Day
The Furry Dance – Helston
May Horns, Pee Weeps and other May Customs
St Germans May Tree Fair

Quarter Days, Minor Holidays and other Feast Days

Mock Mayors and Sham leaders

The Wobbly Wheel of the Cornish Year

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