SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Central Jersey Twelfth Night Boar’s Head Festival will take place on Sunday, Jan. 5th at 4 .p.m at United Reformed Church; 100 West Main St.
All are welcome to come and revel in the celebration of the Twelve Days of Christmas, as they did in Elizabethan times.
The Christmas season or Christmastide runs the twelve days from Dec. 24th-Jan. 6th; that is Christmas Eve to Epiphany or Twelfth Day. The evening of day is call Twelfth Night and is the last party of the season.
Theh story of Christmas will be celebrated as perhaps was once done in an Elizabethan Manor. The sanctuary will be transformed into an English manor with candlelight, banners, trees, and crests. The Lord and Layde of the manor will welcome guests to share in this festive celebration and the story of the Nativity.
In medieval times, the boar was a symbol of evil, the “king” of the great forests, and a ferocious menacing animal to man. The presentation of the boar’s head at Christmas symbolized good over evil. The church endowed this custom with symbolic meaning, transforming it to the worship of God, and the triumph of Christ over evil. The ceremony of the boar’s head became a part of Christmas celebrations in the great manors throughout the Middle Ages.
The festival is steeped in tradition, pageantry and song, a 130-member cast, in Elizabethan and Biblical costumes that will present vocal and instrumental music including, bag pipes, drums, organ, brass, and harps.
Cast members include members of United Reformed Church, Bernardsville United Methodist Church, Peapack Reformed Church, Westminster Choir College, Rutgers University Mason Gross students, Somerset County Police Pipes and Drums, local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops and the Somerville Middle School Select Chorus.
Everyone is welcome to attend and there is no charge for admission, however a freewill offering will be appreciated. To keep up with updates about the festival throughout the year, follow the Facebook page; facebook/urc12thnight