The Second Annual Boar's Head Festival Dinner (1)
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About The Event
The Boar’s Head Festival is an English tradition that resulted from a combination of ancient feasts with Christian traditions.
Why the Boar? - Since ancient days, the boar was the most dangerous - and tastiest - game sought by hunters in what we now call Great Britain. When possible, it was the centerpiece of all great feasts, pre-Christian and Christian alike.
Why Just the Head? - Unlike a roast pig, which you could carry to the table whole and carve up there, a boar might weigh several hundred pounds and be to big or take too long to cook in one piece. So the boar would be butchered and prepared before the feast, but the head would be decorated and brought in as a tribute to the mighty hunter who had brought it down.
The Tradition Becomes "Christian" - The earliest Anglo-Saxons who invaded Britain (and drove out many Christian Celts) had a religion similar to the ancient Vikings, but they were soon followed by Christian missionaries. As Christianity began to change the Anglo-Saxons, the culture of the Anglo-Saxons also began to flavor English Christianity as well. British and English saints began to be added to the church registry, and ancient pagan festivals were often given "Christian meanings"
The "Christianized" Boars' Head festival took the tradition of presenting the boar's head to the hunter and turned it sideways - the boar became a symbol for Death, which Jesus "slew" at His resurrection. So the festival honors Christ as the "mightiest hunter of them all."
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