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Blowing the Midwinter Horn

The custom of Midwinterhoorn Blazen in the province of Overijssel, Netherlands, is believed to have originated more than 2,000 years ago. The local farmers make their winter horns out of pieces of birch wood, and they produce a piercing wail that carries for miles over the frozen countryside. Although in pagan times the blowing of the horns was thought to rid the earth of evil spirits, today the horns announce the coming of Christ. In Oldenzaal, a special melody composed by the area's champion hornblower is played beginning at dawn on Advent Eve and continuing until Three Kings' Day (Epiphany). More...
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Blowing the Midwinter Horn
The custom of Midwinterhoorn Blazen in the province of Overijssel, Netherlands, is believed to have originated more than 2,000 years ago. The local farmers make their winter horns out of pieces of birch wood, and they produce a piercing wail that carries for miles over the frozen countryside. Although in pagan times the blowing of the horns was thought to rid the earth of evil spirits, today the horns announce the coming of Christ. In Oldenzaal, a special melody composed by the area's champion hornblower is played beginning at dawn on Advent Eve and continuing until Three Kings' Day (Epiphany).
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For Christians and pagans, the celebration has different significance: Christians blow midwinter horns in order to celebrate the birth of Christ while pagans believe that the sound expels evil spirits; both blow the horns during the passing of the winter solstice, beckoning a new year of light.
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