Friday, April 9, 2010
#22 Go Mumming in Newfoundland
Winter does not seem like the time to visit Canada, but there is more than one reason to make the trek north in the coldest, longest days of the year. My last winter suggestion for the frozen upperlands was to visit in the winter to experience the Northern Lights. But, there are even stranger things happening in Canada in the winter than the wondrous Northern Lights.
Newfoundland is home to a 200 year old Christmas tradition: Mummers visiting from home to home, or as it is also called among the Newfoundlanders "belsnicklers."
Here in Salem, I organized a Mummers Festival in 2008, but this is not the same as a spontaneous event with masked marauders knocking on your door and taking over your home with a party, demanding to be fed and given drink.
In St. John's there is an annual Mummer's Parade, and it certainly would be worth it to watch the parade, but I want to go mumming in Newfoundland! I want to dress up and go house marauding creating parties as I travel with friends. Who would not want to do that!? It must be on your "bucket list" of things to do before you die.
You will need a ticket to Canada first, if you are going in the fun, festive, albeit cold winter season. Check out the cheap flights to Montreal.