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为什么圣诞节颂歌者会在附近唱歌?

圣诞 carolers
词根"carol"不在于歌,而在于舞蹈。 Orbon Alija /盖蒂图片社

The idea of 圣诞 颂歌ing brings to mind jolly bands of churchgoers, dressed in shawls and top hats, going door-to-door, also known as 洗涤 -古老的北欧语术语-通过赞美诗传播圣诞节的精神。不管是"Deck the Halls," "Joy to the World" or "Silent Night," 圣诞 颂歌s 提供假期的配乐。

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Carolers have been known to travel 上 foot, 通过 truck or 上 horseback. Despite a recent re-examining of 颂歌ing's political correctness, including 上 e incident where 颂歌ers were banned from marching in a prominent parade in Denver, it remains a popular 圣诞 tradition [source: 丹佛海峡]. But how exactly did this tradition begin? Who wrote the 颂歌s? And why do we feel compelled to sing them 上 the front porch of a total stranger's 家 ?

词根"carol"不在于歌,而在于舞蹈。在古法语中"carole" means "kind of dance." In Latin, "choraula" means "吹笛子" and in Greek, "choraules" means "随伴舞的长笛演奏者。" Although there are some 颂歌s centering around religion, the song were originally secular -- up-tempo melodies with alternating choruses and verses associated with traditional dances. Like many other 圣诞 traditions, 颂歌ing is also thought to have its roots in the pre-Christian celebration of the Festival of Yule, when Northern Europeans would come together to sing and dance to honor the Winter Solstice. As 颂歌s evolved into a Christian tradition, they became hymns, having little relation to any type of dance.

In the next section, we'll look at the history of 颂歌ing and why it's sometimes called "wassailing."