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Boar's Head Feast

The Boar's Head Feast is a festival of the Christmas season.[citation needed]


In the U.S.

Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia celebrates the Boar's Head Ceremony annually. "Boar's Head is held in the Conant Center on the first Friday in December. It begins with a procession of the members of Omicron Delta Kappa, in academic regalia, carrying a roasted boar's head on a litter. The procession is followed by a reading of the Boar's Head story. The rest of the celebration consists of a concert featuring the University Singers, Chorale, Jazz Ensemble, and University Symphony, the lighting of the holiday tree and a reception sponsored by the Oglethorpe Student Association. The armorial crest of General James Edward Oglethorpe, which depicts four boars' heads, serves as the inspiration for this annual tradition".[1]

Queens University of Charlotte

Through the efforts of Miss Alma Edwards, a greatly beloved Latin professor at Queens University of Charlotte, Queens hosted the first Boar's Head dinner in 1932, which has remained an annual event since that time. The annual feast is hosted by the Department of Student Engagement, within the Division of Student Life, and is a tradition in which seniors are asked to play roles within the telling of the boar's head story with performances by the Dance Club and Choir. Young Dining Hall is decorated for the feast and meals are served family style. The President of the University, and family, is in attendance yearly and personally invites three to four guest to sit with him/her at the head table. The President, President's guest, and seniors within the program, dress in renaissance regalia. Queens presents two boar's heads at the feast, carried in by seniors. At the end of the feast, two faculty members, nominated by seniors, conduct the annual Yule Log Ceremony, weaving through the hall as students tap their holly branches on the yule log for good luck for the new year. At the conclusion of the event, students walk to the fire pit where they throw their holly branches into the fire and sing carols. Information of the history of this event may be found within the archives of Everett Library on campus.

University of Rochester

In 1934, the presidency of Benjamin Rush Rhees was waning and that of Alan Valentine was rising. Valentine, a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford, helped to solidify this tradition at Rochester [2]. This American variant honors a professor and a club at the university each year hence [3]. The professor is responsible for the recounting of the tale of the boar, often at the expense of the students enrolled in their classes. The student club honored receives the head of the slain boar, the highest honor for that academic year. The feast has been held in numerous locations on the River Campus and has settled into the newly refurbished Richard Feldman Ballroom [3].

Presentations of the Boar's Head festival can be found at:

  • Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Saginaw, Michigan[4]
  • Lutheran Church in St. Charles, Missouri[5]
  • Saint Paul United Methodist Church in Louisville, Kentucky
  • The First Church of Winsted in Winsted, Connecticut[6]
  • Third Presbyterian Church in Rochester, New York
  • Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio
  • St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania
  • First United Methodist Church in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Trinity United Methodist Church in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • St. John's Episcopal Church in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Ivy Hall in West Philadelphia, PA. Presented by The Cephalophore Society, a group of Catholic Gentlemen, annually on the feast of St. Thomas Becket
  • Plymouth Congregational Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana (since 1975)[7]
  • Christ Presbyterian Church in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania

See also


  1. ^ "Glossary of Oglethorpe Terms and Historical References". Oglethorpe University. Archived from the original on 30 March 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Alan Valentine". USA Rugby. Retrieved 2017-12-02.
  3. ^ a b "Boar's Head Dinner goes back to 16th century for one night". NewsCenter. 2017-12-01. Retrieved 2017-12-02.
  4. ^ "Bethlehem Lutheran Church / Home / Welcome". Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-31. Retrieved 2014-10-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ STorrs, Debbie. "Boar's Head Festival". Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  7. ^ Steup, Ray (2017-01-05). "42nd Annual Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival". KPC Media Group. Retrieved 2019-04-26.

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