This is an awesome video from an old childhood show of mine, called Maid Marian and her Merry Men,¹ which was super-popular back in the 90’s.
It’s a parody show of Robin Hood, where Robin is the weakling, and Maid Marian is actually the leader. There are several inaccuracies, such as the Rasta rapper; but it’s aim was to be a fun show, so it deserves the leeway of imperfection.
In the UK, we have a long-standing tradition of Pancake Day, which is a religious holiday to eat up all the dairy products before Lent starts, before the fasting of these luxury goods for 40 days and nights until Easter, begins. It’s a moveable feast, so it varies every year. These days, it’s more just about eating pancakes, and having races with pancakes in frying pans!
Apparently, I have discovered today that is was originally a pagan tradition of helping pagan god Jarilo through the change of seasons.² Their festival was called Shrovetide (this is probably why Pancake day here in the UK is actually called Shrove Tuesday!).* The most important part was the making and eating of pancakes, which symbolised the sun. They even burnt the pancakes on a bonfire, as a sacrifice to the gods! 😮
But I have my own tradition! Every year, I watch the video above, and sing the song all day. Hence, why I share this video with you all, today. 🙂
¹ Unknown, Maid Marian and her Merry Men, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maid_Marian_and_Her_Merry_Men, [n.d], [Accessed 17 January 2015]. ² Unknown, History, Shrove Tuesday, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrove_Tuesday#History, [n.d], [Accessed 17 January 2015]. *(Actually, I grew up thinking that people shoved each other!)