the too sudden adoption of European clothing, rendering the body supersensitive to changes of temperature; lastly, the action of over-zealous missionaries in suppressing the dances, merrymaking and free joyous life of pagan times, and the preaching of a sombre type of Christianity, with deadening effects on the buoyant temperament of these children of Nature.
Once in the regiment I had not gone to some merrymaking where there was music... and suddenly I felt so depressed...
The proceedings closed with songs to the god and a general merrymaking, in which all the members of the family and the servants took part.
It is celebrated in Catholic countries, as the last day of the carnival, with feasting and merrymaking, of which, in England, the eating of pancakes alone survives as a social custom, the day having been called at one time "Pancake Tuesday."
The second day, named Choes (feast of beakers), was a time of merrymaking.