Friday, December 05, 2008

only 20 more sleeps

Advent Calendar - December 5

Christmas Fact:
Bells as part of the Christmas celebration date back to the middle ages when bells began to be used in Christian worship. Of course the use of bells in worship and secular life predates that. The Jewish high priest had tiny golden bells hanging from the hem of his robe. The ancient Greeks and Romans used bells for all kinds of occasions from civic ceremonies to warning people of fires and emergencies. And of course bell ringing plays a major part in many eastern religions.

When bell ringing became part of the European church tradition, bells began to change as ever larger ones were cast to sound over longer distances.

The world's largest bells are pictured here.


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