Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Hastings Jack-in-the Green




Hooray! Somebody’s posted on YouTube a video of our Hastings May Day celebrations.  This is what we do every year.  You need the sound on.

Perhaps you are thinking, “But wait . . . isn’t this terribly pagan?”

Er . . . yes.  It is. 

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We got this free-range hotplate for the time we’d be cooking in the living room while the kitchen was gutted and re-fitted – and thank goodness we did, it took two months!!  But we don’t need it any more.


13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I can see why you need your solitude, Pen. Nine minutes of this activity, and I'd need to be alone for the rest of the year! :)

Love, Paula

Ember said...

:0D

Sussex is a bit wild.

Ember said...

It's all the trees.

Gerry Snape said...

....but fun!

Ember said...

Certainly is :0)

BLD in MT said...

That looks like a really good time. I am a sucker for costumes, dancing, and old traditions. How fun that someone uploaded the video!

Ember said...

I think you'd love it, Beth - the right place for your cloak!

Ganeida said...

Of course it's Pagan! But no~one's pretending it's Christian either & I am all good with that. lol

I love these old rituals. I'd've made a good pagan.

Ember said...

Good point - yes honesty of any flavour is refreshing :0)

Slippyroad said...

Is that a viol that the woman in the rusty brown wrap is playing. I am so impressed with how well she plays without resting it on her knee. This is what we play here. It is my neighbor and former student playing at our community hall: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbXexmwqx4s&feature=related

Ember said...

Wow! Some energy there! x

Donna said...

I was very glad of this video - I watched the end of the procession, up on the hill, and felt there were a few familiar faces missing, then later discovered they'd stopped for a break in a pub and never got around to continuing! So now I've seen the whole thing. :-)

Ember said...

Yes, it was odd, wasn't it! They started out fine at Winkle Island, but never made it down the High Street. At least I don;t think they did. We gave up and went home, having seen them all set off by the net huts and waited ages for them to come down the High Street. The Jack came down and Mad Jacks Morris, then it all stopped, and the Jack went back again(!) From what someone said I think the idea of a short break had been built in this year but it just crumbled into chaos. Or that was what it looked like the bit I saw.