Day of the Wren

I imagine the birds are wrens perched

on wires like notes on music paper.

Their complex song, here simple and short.

A day to fly like the king

of birds high in the new-blue sky.

birds wire



Today, December 26, is known as Wren’s Day, Day of the Wren, or Hunt the Wren Day (Irish: Lá an Dreoilín). Celebrated on St. Stephen’s Day, the tradition consists of “hunting” a fake wren, putting it on top of a decorated pole and crowds of mummers or strawboys celebrate the wren (also pronounced as the wran) by dressing up in masks, straw suits and colorful motley clothing and, accompanied by traditional céilí music bands, parade through the towns and villages. These crowds are sometimes called wrenboys.

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