‘The big education for me is that civilisation is fragile and can be destroyed in a heartbeat' - Jeremy Brade, former peacekeeper in Sarajevo.

Friday, January 01, 2021

FRIDAY MUSIC: Hogmanay Hangover Edition, by JD

Why do we do it? Simple really, we enjoy it. We enjoy losing ourselves in conviviality especially after this bad, mad year. For centuries, possibly millenia, it has been an important safety valve for society and a perfect example of this is the medieval Feast of the Fools -

'The Feast of Fools was a festival celebrated annually on January 1st throughout Europe and particularly France. It was a cherished day, for it was the one day where Christian morals were abandoned and replaced with ridiculous rites. Serious Christians were allowed to create parodies of church rituals.

'During the festival, performers wore animal masks and women's clothing, sang obscene and bawdy hymnal songs, drank excessively, hurled manure at bystanders, ran and leaped through the church, rolling dice at the alter, howling through the streets and other scurrilous acts that parodied the liturgy of the church. In addition, people would drive about on carts through the streets to rouse laughter from their fellows through performances that involved indecent gestures and language.'

Or, as Ringo puts it more succinctly in the first video -

'Here's to the nights we won't remember
with the friends we won't forget
May we think of them forever
as the days that were the best!'




 


 



"You're not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on." - Dean Martin

"I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy." - Dorothy Parker

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