Saturday, October 31, 2009

Hop tu Naa -- A really Manx tradition

All over the Isle of Man today there are events taking place to celebrate the ancient tradition of Hop tu Naa.
The Isle of Man Steam Railway is running a ghost train from Douglas to Castletown, followed by a ghost walk around the former capital.
The Great Laxey Mine Railway is also running a ghost train through its 'haunted' ghost tunnel, with a number of special effects installed for the occasion.
And everybody is welcome to go to Cregneash and learn how to carve one of the traditional turnip lanterns. (Manx Radio)

And then they can go door to door singing this traditional song as I did when I was a kid. Not sure what the mouse had done to deserve it!

Hop tu Naa
Tra-la-laa
Jinnie the Witch
Jumped over the house
To fetch a broom
To beat the mouse
Hop tu Naa
Tra-la-laa

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