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The Observance Of Christmas In Various Lands And Ages.

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CONTENTS
CHAPTER XV
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NEW YEAR'S DAY                        .             .             .             .             .            .319
Principle of New Year Customs—The New Year in France, Germany, the United States, and Eastern Europe—" First-footing " in Great Britain —Scottish New Year Practices—Highland Fumigation and " Breast-strip " Customs—Hogmanay and Aguillanneuf—New Year Processions in Macedonia, Roumania, Greece, and Rome—Methods of Augury— Sundry New Year Charms.
CHAPTER XVI
EPIPHANY TO CANDLEMAS......335
The Twelfth Cake and the " King of the Bean "—French Twelfth Night Customs—St. Basil's Cake in Macedonia—Epiphany and the Expulsion of Evils—The Befana in Italy—The Magi as Present-bringers—Greek Epiphany Customs—Wassailing Fruit-trees—Herefordshire and Irish Twelfth Night Practices—The " Haxey Hood " and Christmas Football —St. Knut's Day in Sweden—Rock Day—Plough Monday—Candlemas, its Ecclesiastical and Folk Ceremonies—Farewells to Christmas.
CONCLUSION ........ 357
NOTES AND BIBLIOGRAPHY              ..... 361
INDEX.........389
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