Sunday, February 10, 2008

Return of the Sun, Andrieux, France

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
Traditionally, villagers formally welcomed the sun's return today, as it does not shine in this cold, alpine region for 100 days. Four shepherds would play fifes and trumpets at dawn, and run through the village to the home of the oldest inhabitant, whereupon a ceremonial omelette was prepared.

At 10 am, an assembly would form in the market place. The villagers would form a circle around the oldest inhabitant, and dance. Following this, everyone would proceed to a stone bridge and put their omelettes on the parapet.

The dancing continued until the sun appeared, then everyone offered their omelette to the great orb. After these rituals, it was time to go home and eat the omelettes ...

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