One of the Isle of Man's more unusual traditions once took place on Laa'l Catreeney (St. Catherine's Day) on the 6th of December.
Involving a mock funeral of a hen with a traditional song, followed by a dinner from the hen's body and the drinking of much 'jough,' the tradition is at the same time both humorous and sinister.
This short film explains something of the tradition and the place of the fair held in Colby at this time of year.
More can be found on the Culture Vannin website:
The traditional Manx music is 'Kiark Catreeney Marroo' (Catherine's Hen is Dead), performed by Kiaull Manninagh: culturevannin.im/publication_25375.html
Film produced by Culture Vannin, 2018.
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