Lá an Dreoilín

26 12 2014

St Stephens Day Wren

Lá an Dreoilín (Wren day) is celebrated in Ireland on 26 December, St. Stephen’s Day . The Wren celebration is likely to have descended from the Celtic Samhain mythology The tradition consists of “hunting” a fake wren. The captured bird was tied to a pole and kept alive and paraded through the town or village by mummers who collected money for the wren’s release, as the popular mummers’ parade song states ‘A penny or tuppence would do it no harm’.  The money was used to host a dance for the town or village, held that night. Enjoy Lá an Dreoilín – Happy St Stephen’s Day.

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