Nalajuk Night brings treats, presents to northern Labrador children
On Old Christmas Day, children on Labrador's north coast took part in an annual tradition: Nalajuk Night.
It's a day that signifies the final celebration of the holidays, where Nalajuks — adults dressed up in heavy clothing with animal hide and fur — go from door-to-door in Inuit communities.
The Nalajuks have their faces masked, much like Mummers, and deliver gifts to the children.
In each house, children and adults sing songs and hymns to the Nalajuks.
In a CBC Radio archival piece, a woman from Nain described Nalajuk Day as one that started with opening stockings, then attending a church service, and ending with visiting around the community, with the Nalajuks.