Saturday, December 31, 2016

Winter Traditions and Holidays Part 29 - Métis

Métis New Year Traditions
  • is taken for family and reflection and to remember those who walked on
  • Many Metis people still welcome the New Year into their home by ringing a bell at the front door while previously tapping a muffled bell at the rear door to say goodbye to the Year Past.
  • Some will set out a plate of food for those who have walked on.
  • I don’t know if this was a Métis tradition, but each year my Mooshum (Grandfather) would dress up as a baby and dance around to bring in the New Year.  As kids we loved the silliness of this man dressed as a baby.
    • Baby New Year is a personification symbolizes the "birth" of the next year and the "passing" of the prior year
    • He is a baby at the beginning of his year, but Baby New Year quickly ages until he is elderly at the end of his year.

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