|Titel||Nieuwjaarswensen van de Broederlijke Wevers van Gent: een iconografische studie en zoektocht naar betekenis|
|Trefwoorden||arbeiders, arbeiderscultuur, Broederlijke wevers, feesten, Gent, iconografie, nieuwjaar, sociaal-economische geschiedenis|
Promotor: Marc Jacobs
Zie ook: Een verbeelde toekomst: Nieuwjaarswensen van de Broederlijke Wevers van Gent (1861-1881), in: Brood & Rozen 2017/4
Abstract: We are about to celebrate the end of 2017 and herald in 2018. We will be adorning our houses with trees covered in Christmas decorations and lights, serving lavish meals and spending a fortune on fireworks, i.e. indulging in activities we normally not indulge in during the rest of the year, whether we like them or not. It is remarkable that such behaviour does not strike us as odd. It raises no awkward questions. We are simply keeping an ancient tradition alive. However, to raise a toast to the new year and bring our daily life to a standstill, is also a matter of some importance. As early as the first half of the twentieth century, Johan Huizinga, a leading Dutch cultural historian, argued that such breaks in the daily routine serve a useful purpose, i.e. they allow us to reflect upon our life, contemplate the meaning of it and perhaps find new meaning in it. Life without such breaks comes down to an uninterrupted flow of events. To join in celebrations, on the other hand, allows us to engage with others in ways which are helpful to identify with groups and consolidate relationships. To celebrate is, indeed, to network. The Broederlijke Wevers (Ghent fraternity of weavers) did not think otherwise 150 years ago. New Year celebrations provided an excellent opportunity to communicate their views of the past and share their vision of the future. And they did so, among other things, by distributing printed New Year cards.
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