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Mummer's Day
also called "Darkie Day" as it is sometimes known and has one more synonym

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  1. is an ancient Cornish midwinter celebration that occurs every year on Boxing Day and New Year's Day in Padstow, Cornwall

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  2. originally part of the pagan heritage of midwinter celebrations that were regularly celebrated all over Cornwall where people would guise dance and disguise themselves by blackening up their faces or wearing masks

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  3. While the original celebration had no connection with slaves, coal boats or black people some people have wrongly speculated that the event originated from freedoms being given to the occupants of passing slave ships, even though there is no record o

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  4. in contrast to the 'white' summer festivals of Cornish towns such as Padstow, Helston and Penzance

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  5. Recently the people of Penzance have revived its midwinter celebration with the Montol Festival which like Padstow at times would have had people darkening or painting their skin to disguise themselves as well as masking

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