Twelfth Night is traditionally the day that Christmas decorations are supposed to come down.
But the January 5 occasion has been colourfully celebrated in London with actors decoratively dressing up, including a Holly Man donning a green gown and evergreen foliage.
Crowds lined the banks of the River Thames near Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre to witness Sunday’s mix of modern festivity and ancient tradition.
The Holly Man wearing the plant leaves proposed the traditional toast, or wassail, to the people, the River Thames and the Globe.
He was joined by characters from pub signs, pagan myths and folklore in an archaic ritual aimed at encouraging good growth.
The crowds witnessed a parade including performers from the Lions Part group, which converges annually to commemorate the transforming seasons and explore English heritage.
Activities included a combat play, storytelling, dancing and mulled wine drinking.
The Lions Part is a London-based theatre company which enjoys verse and music old and new, celebration, costume, the seasons, and, primarily, theatre.
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