Manx May Day at Cregneash 25 April 2005
Manx National Heritage is delighted to announce that it will holding a
celebration of Manx May Day at Cregneash
Village Folk Museum on Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd May 2005.
There will be a variety of activities throughout the day, including the
opportunity to learn about the folklore and traditions of the Manx people
through music, dance and Manx language
Manx National Heritage Curator for Social History, Yvonne Cresswell said:
"The Manx May Day celebrations represent a time between the death of Winter
and the rebirth of Summer, which was thought to be particularly dangerous time
in Manx folklore. Midnight on May Day Eve was a time when witches and fairies
were considered to be at their most threatening and a series of traditions arose
to allay fears and protect the Manx people and their livestock from danger. The
principal form of protection against mischievous fairies was the crosh cuirn (a
rowan or mountain ash cross) that was placed above the door of the house, the
cow shed and even tied to the cow's tails!"
On Manx May Day, visitors to Cregneash will
have the opportunity to make crosh cuirns and other forms of traditional
protection, including yellow flowers, which include primroses and buttercups.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn about traditional Manx cooking
and the types of food that are popular at this time of year. There will be
traditional butter making in Church Farm, together with the opportunity to watch
Manx Bonnag being prepared in Harry Kelly’s Cottage.
There will be activities for children, including some in Manx, as well as
traditional Manx music and dance.
The day starts at 10am until 5pm and visitors of all ages are welcome.
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