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Green man calls in the new year

By Chris Pragnell

DON’T be frightened kids – this sinister-looking chap has good intentions. Dressed from head to toe in holly, he symbolises the coming of the new year. The Holly Man traditionally sees in the turn of the year in spectacular fashion on the South Bank.

Arriving by boat at Bankside Pier, he docks and gives a special “wassail”, or toast, to the river and to the coming year. He then leads a troupe of actors, called mummers, on a procession to the George Inn in Borough for various new year festivities and sketches…The Holly Man is one of several incarnations of the symbolic Green Man, who embodies the everliving.

Read the original article at: IC South London

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