For an unique medieval Christmas experience, visit the 51st annual presentation of the Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival at Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland on Saturday, December 28. There will be performances at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Trinity Cathedral's Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival An all volunteer, multi-denominational production featuring more than 150 people (ages 4 and up), the Festival is a multi-sensory Elizabethan Christmas experience filled with music and pageantry celebrating the birth of Jesus. The Christmas story is presented amidst vibrantly colored costumes, music and Elizabethan era holiday traditions.
Guests at the Festival are not meant to be spectators but rather, participants in the event.
A Bit of History The boar, a ferocious, menacing animal and considered "king" of the great forests of medieval England, became known as a symbol of evil. The presentation of the boar's head at Christmas became a symbol of triumph over evil. Somewhere around the mid-1300's, the great manor houses began including the ceremony of the Boar's Head in their Christmas celebrations. Today, it is considered a service of praise.
Since the Middle Ages, the Festival has expanded to include Wise Men, shepherds, King Wenceslas and his page, mince meat, plum pudding and even the English Yeomen Guards, better known as the "Beefeaters". The Boar's Head Festival first appeared in America in colonial times in Connecticut.
Yule Log The tradition of the Yule Log originated as a celebration of the winter solstice in Scandanavia. In England, the burning of the large log in the hearth is said to bring good luck, prosperity and protection from evil.
There is no admission charge for the Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival but a free-will offering is requested. The 3 p.m. presentation will be ASL interpreted for the deaf community. Guests who stay after the performance at 5:30 p.m. will be able to taste the mince meat, ham and plum pudding.
For more information about the Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival or about Trinity Cathedral call 216-771-3630, Ext.392 or get online at www.boarsheadcleveland.org.
Trinity Cathedral is located at 2230 Euclid Ave. in downtown Cleveland.