6/23/2011

Golowan Festival

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Golowan Festival

***** Location: England
***** Season: Mid-Summer
***** Category: Observance


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Explanation

Golowan (sometimes also Goluan or Gol-Jowan)
is the Cornish language word for the Midsummer celebrations in Cornwall, UK: widespread prior to the late 19th century and most popular in the Penwith area and in particular Penzance and Newlyn. The celebrations were conducted
from the 23rd of June (St John's Eve)
to the 28th of June (St Peter's Eve)

each year, St Peter's Eve being the more popular in Cornish fishing communities.



The celebrations were centred around the lighting of bonfires and fireworks and the performance of associated rituals. The midsummer bonfire ceremonies (Tansys Golowan in Cornish) were revived at St Ives in 1929 by the Old Cornwall Society and since then spread to other societies across Cornwall, as far as Kit Hill near Callington. Since 1991 the Golowan festival in Penzance has revived many of these ancient customs and has grown to become a major arts and culture festival: its central event 'Mazey Day' now attracts tens of thousands of people to the Penzance area in late June.

1 The historic festival
1.1 Penzance
1.2 St Peter's Eve
1.3 St Just
2 Similar festivals
3 Modern Golowan celebrations
3.1 Penglaz the Penzance 'Obby 'Oss
3.2 Old Cornwall Society

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Midsummer’s Day is the church feast of St John The Baptist, an important day in Penzance’s calendar as St John is the town’s Patron Saint – the ancient name ‘Pen Sans’ meaning ‘Holy Head’ refers to him, and images of the head of St John can be spotted on buildings throughout Penzance.



source : www.golowan.org


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Worldwide use

Japan


observance kigo for mid-summer

sei Yohanne sai 聖ヨハネ祭 (せいよはねさい)
Feast of Saint John

..... senja sei Yohanne sai 洗者聖ヨハネ祭(せんじゃせいよはねさい)
Feast of Saint John the Baptist
..... senja sei Yohanne tanjoobi 洗者聖ヨハネ誕生日(せんじゃせいよはねたんじょうび)
birthdy of Saint John, the Baptist

der Heilige Johannes der Täufer

. Christian Celebrations in Japanese Kigo .


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Things found on the way



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HAIKU




Blue Horses stampede
Through Penzance’s crowded streets
Festival time again



My blue horses
Leaving hoof prints of friendship
Cornwall to Japan


The main street of Penzance, Cornwall, during the "Mazey Day Parade" which is part of the annual Golowan Festival!
Lots of Schools and Associations build floats to push/carry through the streets. There are also marching bands and dancers in the parade.

Shared by Res John Burman
Joys of Japan, February 2012



Golowan Festival -
your blue horses
on my white sceen


Gabi Greve


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Galowan
a shoal of seahorses
flicker by


Susan Shand



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Related words

***** . Festivals - SAIJIKI .

***** . Sanziana, Yellow Bedstraw (Galium verum) .
Midsummer Rituals in Romania



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1 comment:

Res said...

My blue horses
Leaving hoof prints of friendship
Cornwall to Japan