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Manx Customs and Traditions - Hunt the Wren

Published on 3 Feb 2017

Hunt the Wren is one of the most interesting Manx traditions still practised on the Isle of Man today.

On St. Stephen's Day (the 26th of December) communities come together across the Isle of Man to dance and sing around the streets.

The practice, dating back to Pagan times, is centred on a wren, "the king of all birds," which is hunted and then danced through the streets on a special pole. (In case it needs stating, the bird in the wren pole today is just a replica!)

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