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Share Your Traditions – to win a double pass to the National Folk Festival

By johnboy - 7 April 2009 33

[First filed: April 01, 2009 @ 08:49]

The National Folk Festival (Running at EPIC from 9-13 April) wants to hear about people’s traditions. Which means this is your chance to talk about yourself! (Everyone’s favourite topic)

Some of the sort of stuff they’d like to hear about include (but are not limited to):

    •Does your family have a tradition of music, playing together or joining in song to celebrate important occasions?
    • Do you still make a favourite treat according to Grandma’s ‘secret’ recipe?
    • Did you learn the skills of the family business from your parents, or have you taken up their interest in collecting or in a particular hobby?
    • Do you have a secret passion for writing poetry, painting or photography – with only your family and closest friends aware of your hidden talent?
    • Are your birthdays, Christmases and New Year’s Eves marked with a quirky tradition that’s unique to your family or your culture?

So, blaze away in the comments. The most interesting commenter will win a double pass to the Festival. (Make sure you note in the comment if you’d like to be eligible, competition closes COB Friday 3 April)

Photo by Lushpup Images.

UPDATE: To save trouble I farmed the task of selecting a winner back to the Folk Festival’s media office who came back with this judgment:

    Very impressed by Mickle’s craft tradition and Thumper’s Anzac tradition… it’s tough to go past bloodnut’s Canberra-to-coast commentary… and I almost feel like I miss deezagood’s Aunty Martha as well…

    But I think the prize has to go to Sunbeam for the double-barrelled effort of song lyrics and the salad tradition…

Here’s Sunbeam’s effort for the benefit of the front page brigade:

    traditions?
    Free tickets to the folkie?
    I’ll be in that, for sure…
    In fact, I’ve even written a song about my family’s Christmas-time traditions! here are some sections from it…

    Buying a tree from the rspca
    Sharing a picnic down by the lake
    Watching a slow moving high front on its way
    Presents to give and fruitcake

    Making excited phone calls overseas
    Watching the cricket eating cherries
    Having a snooze dreaming of a cool breeze
    Driving for days and days to be with family

    Laying a wreath at your grave
    Making a salad in your name
    Bagpipes and the Edinburgh Tattoo
    Last minute shopping – anything will do – as long as it’s shiny and new…

    🙂

    …and just to explain the “salad in your name” line – which is also the title of the song: my mum always makes a salad at Christmas that is/was the favourite salad of a relative who can’t be with us or who has passed away. It’s a touching and delicious way of remembering loved ones.

    cheers

Sunbeam has expressed a great deal of delight at having had one over bloodnut.

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Share Your Traditions – to win a double pass to the National Folk Festival
Thumper 8:10 am 02 Apr 09

Hmm, serious. Okay

ANZAC Day.

Get up early, lay suit on bed, check that gongs are all perfectly level, check various badges are straight, etc, go to gunfire breckie, drink and yarn with old Army mates, go to Anzac parade, meet up with digger mates, march, head to Olims and play two up and drink, buy old diggers drinks and yarn, stagger somewhere late at night, eat a meal, ring up dad who’s a Vietnam vet, go home and to bed.

And yes, Ms Thumper joins in given her grandfather was a Changi POW so she wears his gongs.

(BTW, it’s also my birthday but that doesn’t really seem to count on such an important day. I usually only realise this sometime in the afternoon)

It’s not much, but it’s very important.

DarkLadyWolfMother 6:56 am 02 Apr 09

THeLotus, I did a couple of bellydancing courses through the Erindale College Community Education Program. Look here to see what they’re offering.

Full Disclosure: I’m only associated with Erindale College by way of being a student at their Adult Education classes. Unfortunately, they pay me no commission of any sort for pointing people their way.

astrojax 5:46 am 02 Apr 09

was ‘serious entries’ at me? it did ask for granny’s secret recipe…

Granny 1:26 am 02 Apr 09

How could a shit-hot salad maker not be cool, young Sunbeam?

Sunbeam 12:40 am 02 Apr 09

granny: i dunno if my mum’s all that cool, but she’s a pretty shit-hot salad maker, that’s for sure… 🙂

johnboy 7:47 pm 01 Apr 09

Serious entries please people.

astrojax 7:03 pm 01 Apr 09

my great grandmother used to make steak and kidney pie for her husband, so my [paternal] grandfather demanded as his birthright this pie, so my grandmother used it regularly for several decades (she also made the most sensational custard tart!). the steak and kidney recipe is a family secret that is made regularly; the twists being that of course grandfather/s and father were master butchers [happily an occupation eschewed by this and future generations] and offal generally is a much loved culinary trait of the [astro’s family name]s. yum, and what a delicious tradition to have!

Granny 6:11 pm 01 Apr 09

We have a tradition in my family of wrestling kangaroos out of the house wearing nothing but our favourite Bonds undies.

Thumper 5:56 pm 01 Apr 09

In my family we have an easter tradition whereby each first born child is sacrificed to the wolves.

However, given the lack of wolves in this country it does sometimes seem a little silly.

Pseudo Nym 5:20 pm 01 Apr 09

We traditionally ignore each other as much as possible.

Does that count?

Granny 4:22 pm 01 Apr 09

I love the salad tradition, Sunbeam. Your mum sounds pretty cool!

: )

junglejim 4:07 pm 01 Apr 09

I don’t have a song, but do want to tickets and have an old old traditional family recipe for a gingerbread made with black molasses that I am willing to share (is just spectacular with prunes in port and cream).

We also have a very strange New Year’s Eve tradition of having a dark haired male carrying a lump of coal being the first person across the threshold each year!

Sunbeam 3:40 pm 01 Apr 09

traditions?
Free tickets to the folkie?
I’ll be in that, for sure…
In fact, I’ve even written a song about my family’s Christmas-time traditions! here are some sections from it…

Buying a tree from the rspca
Sharing a picnic down by the lake
Watching a slow moving high front on its way
Presents to give and fruitcake

Making excited phone calls overseas
Watching the cricket eating cherries
Having a snooze dreaming of a cool breeze
Driving for days and days to be with family

Laying a wreath at your grave
Making a salad in your name
Bagpipes and the Edinburgh Tattoo
Last minute shopping – anything will do – as long as it’s shiny and new…

🙂

…and just to explain the “salad in your name” line – which is also the title of the song: my mum always makes a salad at Christmas that is/was the favourite salad of a relative who can’t be with us or who has passed away. It’s a touching and delicious way of remembering loved ones.

cheers

TheLotus 2:56 pm 01 Apr 09

I like the photo of the belly dancers. I would be interested to know which school they are from if anyone knows. I am considering taking up belly dancing.

thx for any info.

rosebud 9:25 am 01 Apr 09

Does handing down the tradition of extreme denial count?

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