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Montol Festival

On the Winter Solstice, in Penzance, there is the Montol Festival. We were able to watch quite a lot of the procession, but it was bucketing with rain, so we didn't follow it all the way up to the ceremonial lighting of the beacon, choosing instead to find a pub in which to dry off a bit.

The procession was fabulous! I loved watching it, and it's the sort of thing I'd love to take part in. It's a festival of light, and there were large paper lanterns, and also little tealights in jamjars! And a giant Sun Resplendent. And lots of costumes decorated with fairy lights. The procession was led by dancers, including a giant Crow, and everyone was in masks, it looked like Morris dancing hits the Venetian Carnival meets Saturnalia.

There is a band providing the music. I get the impression that anyone can join the band, whatever instrument they play (cowbells and triangles were in evidence, as were recorders, accordions, drums (lots of them) violins, a tuba, guitars and a ukelele). There's only one tune, and it's a very haunting earworm.

This is old footage, not this year's but you can see how it feels:

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suzycat
Dec. 25th, 2012 11:06 am (UTC)
Very cool. The music sounds familiar, as if the tune was perhaps used in something.
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