Category Archives: Customs

The twelve days of Christmas – the first two days

The Twelve days of Christmas is one of the best known and yet allusive pieces of writing about Christmas in the canon of carolling emerging from Britain – yet it has french roots, and a complex history which leads us either to the Christ child in a manger or simply a french red legged partridge and its vernacularisation into a pear tree – read on for a deeper understanding of the riddle of the first two days! Continue reading

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Bridenapping – a new twist on an ancient patriarchal art

  Today’s Independent has a piece by Emily Duggan in which she reports on the existence of a scarcely reported phenomenon of bridenapping in over 17 different countries.¬† The UN spokesperson Aminata Tour√©, chief of the Gender, Human Rights and … Continue reading

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