12# Wassailing: a very ancient custom in past centuries

The tradition of wassailing is a very ancient custom: in centuries past, so-called wassailers went from door to door, singing (and drinking) to the health of their neighbors. This concept actually dates back to pre-Christian fertility rites, when villagers traveled through their fields and orchards in the middle of winter, singing and shouting to drive away the spirits that supposedly might inhibit the growth of future crops. As part of this celebration, they also poured wine and cider on the ground to encourage fertility in the crops. Eventually, this evolved…

Read More

#TodayInHistory – December 12

December 12 – Some important events on this day. 627 👉🏼 Battle at Nineveh: Byzantine Emperor Heraclius beats Sassanid forces during Byzantine-Sassanid War 1694 👉🏼 The Royal Society censures Edmond Halley for suggesting in a paper titled ‘Some considerations about the cause of the universal deluge’ that the story of Noah’s flood could be an account of a cometary impact 1700 👉🏼 Utrecht, Overijssel, Buren, Leerdam and Ijsselstein adopt Gregorian calendar 1792 👉🏼 In Vienna, Ludwig van Beethoven (22) receives 1st lesson in music composition from Franz Joseph Haydn 1800…

Read More