Mummering with Ryan Davis from The Mummers Festival

Mummering

Mummering in Newfoundland
Mummering is a Newfoundland and Labrador Christmas tradition where friends and family dress up in disguise and visit homes in their communities. Usually, the mummers dance, play music, tell jokes in a manner of celebration until the family of house guess their identities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mummering is a staple of  Newfoundland and Labrador holiday tradition. It has existed in Newfoundland as early as the 19th century, heavily being influenced by British and Irish settlers.

Over the years, the Mummering phenomenon has stuck around in Newfoundland and Labrador culture appearing in a popular revival song by the Simani group in 1982.

Since then, Mummering has become so popular that in 2009 the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Intangible Cultural Heritage office established the Mummers Festival.

So, we decided to catch up with Ryan Davis of the Mummers Festival to find out more. Listen and watch below!

What is Mummering?

 

The 2016 Mummers Festival in St.John’s, NL, Canada!

 

More information at http://mummersfestival.ca/ , you can also find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @MummersFestival !

 

 

 

 

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