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Mummers the word on this Newfoundland cruise

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Cruise around Newfoundland, Canada and you never know what your evening will bring. Considering the province’s deep roots in Ireland, toe-tapping music in the ship’s lounge or cozy bar is a given. But mummering? What’s that?

Cruise with Adventure Canada aboard Sea Adventurer and you’ll discover how Newfoundlanders kick up their heels, be it at a kitchen party with lively music, drinks and snacks or the custom of mummering.

Traditionally, mummering takes place during the Christmas holidays. In towns and outports throughout Newfoundland, locals disguise themselves with odd clothing and put pillowcases over their heads. They visit neighbors, going from door to door where they are treated to music, food and drink. It’s all a bit like our Halloween, except the players are adults instead of children.

The trick is in the disguise. If properly identified, a partygoer must take off his mask and reveal himself. Otherwise, it’s on to the next house for more tricks, drinks and treats.

Getting back to Sea Adventurer, our pre-cruise information suggested packing costumes for the mummers party. Those in the know (the Canadian passengers) handily fooled the rest of us with their elaborate disguises. Their reward for bringing the extra party gear? A free drink from the bar, of course.

Adventure Canada offers an annual 10-night circumnavigation of Newfoundland. Check www.adventurecanada.com for the details.

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