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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 activities.

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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