Saturday, 7 June 2014

Tradition, Morris Dancing and Roses

Tradition is the handing down of beliefs, customs and legends from generation to generation by word of mouth or practice. It includes food; medicine; values; weddings; music and dancing. 

Morris Dancers wear colourful costumes, bells on their shins and use sticks, swords or handkerchiefs to entertain us. They became popular in England during the 15th century and can still be seen at traditional festivities such as the May Day pageant.

I was in Warwick on 17th May, 2014 when 138 dancers took part in a world record attempt to perform the largest Morris dance since 2007. They danced in the streets, were wonderful to watch and won the day!

Queen Victoria wore a white gown at her wedding to Albert of Saxe-Coburg on 10th February, 1840. It popularised, and may have started, the tradition of being married in white.

A red rose has long been the symbol of love. Robert Burns (1759-1796) wrote:

"O my love's like a red, red rose,

That's newly sprung in June..."

The later poem by Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) gives us a light hearted comparison:

"A single flow'r he sent to me, since we met.
All tenderly his messenger he chose;
Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet-
One perfect rose......

Why is it no one ever sent me yet
One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
Ah no, it's always just my luck to get
One perfect rose."

It's the beautiful rose for me every time!

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