Quote:BANKSIDE TWELFTH NIGHT CELEBRATION WITH THE LIONS PART
Monday 3 January
2.15pm on Bankside by Shakespeare's Globe
A celebration of the New Year mixing ancient seasonal
customs with contemporary festivity. To herald the
celebration the extraordinary Holly Man decked in
fantastic green garb and evergreen foliage appears from
the Thames. With the crowd, led by the Bankside
Mummers, the Holly Man will 'bring in the green' and
'wassail' or toast the people and the River Thames (an
old tradition encouraging good growth). The Globe will
be wassailed in like fashion. The Mummers will then
process to the Bankside Jetty, and perform the
traditional 'freestyle' folk combat play of St. George.
Cakes distributed at the end of the play have a bean
and a pea hidden in two of them. Those who find them
are hailed King and Queen for the day and crowned with
ceremony. They then lead the people through the streets
to the historic George Inn in Borough High Street for a
fine warming up with storytelling, the kissing wishing
tree and more dancing.
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