The British island that celebrates Christmas today


White_Unifier
#31
Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

Relatively speaking, they are. China is like a great island with impassable deserts to the West and the sea to the East.

In relative terms, you're probably right, but it still doesn't compare to Blackleaf and Eaglesnack.
 
Curious Cdn
#32
Quote: Originally Posted by White_Unifier View Post

In relative terms, you're probably right, but it still doesn't compare to Blackleaf and Eaglesnack.

Maybe not. The most genetically diverse human populations, by a long shot, are in Sub-Saharan Africa. The farther from there you get, the thinner the genetic branch.
 
Kreskin
#33
It is First Cousins week here on Vancouver Island. Next Monday begins Aunt and Uncle week.
 
White_Unifier
#34
Quote: Originally Posted by Kreskin View Post

It is First Cousins week here on Vancouver Island. Next Monday begins Aunt and Uncle week.

Wow. Last I lived on Vancouver Island, I had no awarenes of incest, but maybe the population has shrunk considerably since I left.
 
Blackleaf
#35
Hen Galan: Welsh village celebrates New Year on 13 January

BBC News
13 January 2019


An old tradition where children go door-to-door singing traditional songs still takes place in the Gwaun Valley

Villagers in south west Wales are wishing each other a happy new year - despite it being almost a fortnight into 2019.

But people in Cwm Gwaun (Gwaun Valley), Pembrokeshire, have not got their dates mixed up, they will be celebrating Hen Galan or "old calends".

The tradition, which follows the Julian calendar, is still celebrated in the small community.

Resident Lilwen McAllister, 74, said: "It's bigger than Christmas for me."

The Julian calendar was abolished in 1752 and replaced with the Gregorian calendar, which was approved by Pope Gregory XIII nearly 200 years earlier.

However, the people of the Gwaun Valley have still resisted the change.

"Maybe we are stubborn," said Ms McAllister, who has run a bed and breakfast for the past 44 years.

"As a child it was like having two Christmases.

"You would have a big dinner on Christmas Day and then there would be a giant feast for Hen Galan.

"Farms would brew their own beer and their doors would always be open to any who came to visit."


The Dyffryn Arms, known locally as Bessie's, has become a hub for celebrations of Hen Galan

The feasts of yesteryear have since been replaced with more of a knees-up at family run pub The Dyffryn Arms.

The Calennig tradition, which sees children go door-to-door singing Welsh songs, also still remains.

Usually there is also an extra benefit for youngsters as they get the day off school, but this year's Hen Galan falls on the weekend.

Locals also do not need to worry about panic buying at supermarkets when stocking up on party food - or most shops being closed the following day.

Sarah Davies, who owns the Gwaun Valley Brewery with husband Len, said it was amazing that Hen Galan has stood the test of time.

"We moved here about 20 years ago and had never heard of Hen Galan before," she added.

"As a sort of outsider, I was amazed how the whole community came together and still observed it.

"There's so many traditions that have died out. Even Christmas carol singing isn't as common in Wales like it used to be.

"It's lovely that it's still kept alive. Whenever people hear about it they are quite surprised.

"One year we even had a camera crew from Russia who came over to film - as the old new year is still widely observed there.

"It's one of those lovely quirks that some places still retain."

Some other alternative New Year's Days

5 February: Chinese New Year. This year marks the Year of the Pig

21 March: Norwruz - also known as Iranian New Year. Celebrated for more than 3,000 years and considered a holy day by those who follow the Zoroastrian religion

31 August: Islamic New Year. The date changes every year because the Islamic calendar is 11 to 12 days shorter than a Gregorian year

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-46831954
 
Tecumsehsbones
#36
Ah, the Welsh. Fine singers.

****ing retards otherwise.
 
petros
#37
Happy Malanka!
 
Curious Cdn
#38
Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Ah, the Welsh. Fine singers.
****ing retards otherwise.

They were mining and alloying copper and tin there over 4100 years ago. When did you say that the native North Americans started smelting metals, again?
 
MHz
#39
31,000 . . . BC , back when the UK was under 1 mile of ice.
 
Tecumsehsbones
#40
Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

They were mining and alloying copper and tin there over 4100 years ago. When did you say that the native North Americans started smelting metals, again?

We created the first and only completely new species on the planet 4000 years ago.

Of course, you think only the things you're good at matter.
 
Curious Cdn
#41
Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

We created the first and only completely new species on the planet 4000 years ago.
Of course, you think only the things you're good at matter.

What was that?

The Windigo?
 
Danbones
#42
Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

Foula ... Where everyone is a cousin, including their sheep.

"Everyone" as you used it there includes you sheeple too you know.
 
Danbones
#43
Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

What was that?
The Windigo?

Why did he put an "S" on things?
 

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