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Hunting the Mysterious Okalolies

Millington, Peter (2011) Hunting the Mysterious Okalolies. Tristan da Cunha Newsletter (49). pp. 34-35. ISSN 0953-0827


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On Old Year's Night, the young men of the island of Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic disguise themselves and go from house to house, making a lot of noise and trying to scare people. The householders try to guess who their visitors are, and supply them with refreshments. In recent times, the culmination of the custom has been a visit to a reception held by the Administrator at the Residency. The participants are known by a variety of names, including the unique 'Okalolies'. This name is of uncertain, but possibly Gaelic origin. The custom, however, includes elements of similar customs from the all the countries from which the settlers came. This illustrated article summarises how the custom has changed over the years.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Old Year's Night, Tristan da Cunha, house visiting, disguise, Okalolies, Gaelic, origins, photographs, films, Allan Crawford, Peter Munch, Daniel Schreier
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Arts and Humanities (Sheffield) > School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics (Sheffield) > Department of English Literature (Sheffield) > National Centre for English Cultural Tradition (Sheffield)
The University of Sheffield > University of Sheffield Research Centres and Institutes > National Centre for English Cultural Tradition (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Peter Millington
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2011 14:45
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 03:55
Status: Published
Publisher: Tristan da Cunha Association
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43190

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