I heard about The Boar’s Head Festival last year when our local newspaper did a feature in it. I never even knew that Cincinnati had this festival every year for 72 years now! I love this time period and was so excited to see that there was a festival celebrating it. The only downside was getting tickets. They are first come first serve two weeks prior to the event! But I was able to get tickets to attend so stay tuned for pictures and my thoughts on this great family tradition.
Reserved ticket distribution for the next performances of the Festival will occur on the morning of Saturday, December 10, 2011. The doors open at 8:00 A.M., with ticket distribution at 8:30 A.M. Availability of tickets during the public distribution is on a first-come, first-served basis, so we suggest that you arrive early. Due to the limited number of tickets available, the cathedral is only able to distribute TWO TICKETS TO EACH PERSON AGE 18 AND OLDER.
There are 3 showings plus a dress rehearsal:
Dress Rehearsal – Saturday, December 31, 2011 2:00 P.M.
1st Performance – Saturday, December 31, 2011 5:00 P.M.
2nd Performance – Sunday, January 1, 2012 2:30 P.M.
3rd Performance – Sunday, January 1, 2012 5:00 P.M.
This pageant is rooted in ancient times when the boar was sovereign of the forest. A ferocious beast and menace to humans it was hunted as a public enemy. At Roman feasts, boar was the first dish served. Like our Thanksgiving turkey, roasted boar was a staple of medieval banquets. As Christian beliefs overtook pagan customs in Europe, the presentation of a boar’s head at Christmas came to symbolize the triumph of the Christ Child over sin.
The Festival we know today originated at Queen’s College, Oxford, England in 1340. Legend has it that a scholar was studying a book of Aristotle while walking through the forest on his way to Christmas Mass. Suddenly, he was confronted by an angry wild boar. Having no other weapon, the resourceful Oxonian rammed his metal-bound philosophy book down the throat of the charging animal, whereupon the brute choked to death. That night the boar’s head, finely dressed and garnished, was borne in procession to the dining room, accompanied by carolers singing “in honor of the King of bliss.”
For more information or to find out about tickets, please visit The Boars Head Festival & Yule Log Festival