The Twelve Days of Christmas / 12日めのお祝い

January 5, 2010






23 November 1977 United Kingdom
The Twelve Days of Christmas
design: David Gentleman

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
my true love gave to me
Twelve drummers drumming,
eleven pipers piping,
ten lords a-leaping,
nine ladies dancing,
eight maids a-milking,
seven swans a-swimming,
six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings.
Four calling birds,
three French hens,
two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.

Today is the Twelfth Day of Christmas, which is followed by the Feast of the Epiphany on 6 January – and many of European countries are on holiday tomorrow.

This set of stamps are based on a song made around 16th century, telling us something about those 12 days, between Jesus’s birthday and the Epiphany.  Some of the lyric and picture on stamps do not match, though..

今日、1月5日は、キリストの誕生から数えて12日めの日で、公現祭と呼ばれる明日の祝日を前にこの歌をうたったのだそうです。ナンセンスとも思える歌詞の内容は、実はキリスト教の教義を子供達に教えるいろいろな意味が隠されている、、、という説もあるのだそうです。

なぜか、英語の歌詞の順序と切手の絵柄が少しずつずれているのだけど、、、16世紀に作られてから、歌のバージョンがいろいろ出来たのかもしれません。

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