R&P Traditions ~ preserving & re-writing cultural history within music...?

Hello R&P :) I'm just enjoying a song from Sting's new 'Winter' album {it's the only song on it I like} : 'Soul Cake' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-vZ8FDvnW8&fmt=18 Now, Sting has taken a British tradition associated with Samhain {All Hallows Eve} / All Saints Day {Nov 1},... show more Hello R&P :)

I'm just enjoying a song from Sting's new 'Winter' album {it's the only song on it I like} : 'Soul Cake'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-vZ8FDvn...

Now, Sting has taken a British tradition associated with Samhain {All Hallows Eve} / All Saints Day {Nov 1}, where children would go from door-to-door and beg a 'soul cake' in return for saying prayers for the dead of each household, and transferred it to Christmas / Yule. (Oh, and the song was previously done by Peter Paul & Mary, but most of the main lyrics come from the traditional rhymes).


So, this got me thinking...
What songs can you think of that refer to cultural traditions {such as wassailing, mummers plays, carol singing, etc.}?
And are there any other songs where the tradition has been 'moved' to fit the writer's ideas?

'The Mummers Dance' ~ Loreena McKennitt
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxTpvA-pU...

BQ : What is your favourite British tradition?
BQ2 : What is your favourite tradition from another country?
BQ3 : What 'lost' tradition {from any country} would you like to see revived?
Update 2: * * * * * * * * *
Libby : 'Tradition' is open to interpretation :)
Update 3: Captain Futility : There was a Q on "Brain of Britain" a few weeks ago about that way of sheep counting... ah! "Yan Tan Tethera" :)




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