July 8*: Town Crier Day

Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye. Town Crier Day is to be celebrated every second Monday in July!

Town_Crier,_Provincetown,_MAActually, it seems the traditional attention grabber for an English speaking town crier is actually “Oyez,” a very uncommon term derived from the Anglo-Norman word for “listen,” so you can switch out those “hear ye’s” for a handful of “Oyez’s” instead.

In earlier times, when literacy rates were low, printing expensive, and radios or tvs nonexistent, the office of town crier was a very important one. Town criers announced weddings, funerals, market days, and anything else that needed to be known. Most announcements were preceded by ringing a bell to get everyone’s attention, although some places used other means such as a gong or a drum.

Some cities still employ a town crier today, but the office tends to be primarily ceremonial, with the crier appearing in highly stylized clothing at various public events.

“At the end of seven days the word of the Lord came to me: ‘Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me.'”

Ezekiel 3:16-17

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