Wide curtsies and bows
This song refers to the seasonal Mummers Play performed by groups of actors, often as house-to-house visits.
Mummers Plays (also known as mumming) are seasonal folk plays performed by troupes of actors known as mummers or guisers, originally thought to be from England but there are early examples from Ireland.
Those plays are believed to have their origins in the second millennium (B.C.E.), but later in other parts of the world. They are sometimes performed in the street but more usually as house-to-house visits and in public houses.
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