manx celtic music and dance

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The practice of making "corn dollies" stretches across Europe, but the Manx practice on the Isle of Man is unique in both the form which the babban takes and in the way it fits into the wider Mheillea celebrations.s always been a time for celebration and tradition on the Isle of Man and at the centre of these customs is the Babban ny Mheillea.

Created from the last sheaf of corn, the Babban ny Mheillea is met with cheers in the field before taking pride of place at the centre of the Mheillea celebrations, after which it is then kept on the chimney piece for good luck until next year.