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The social season or Season has historically referred to the annual period when it is customary for members of the a social elite of society to hold debutante balls, dinner parties and large charity events. It was also the appropriate time to be resident in the city rather than in the country, in order to attend such events. The Season typically occurs during the warmer summer months.

The original Season is the 'London Season', coinciding with the sitting of Parliament and began some time after Christmas and ran until midsummer (ie. around late June).

A debutante ball is an event where a young female, or in some cultures, a young male, is formally introduced into society. In many societies, a debutante ball is associated with wealthy and socially-influential families. The United States, England, Ireland and Australia all have variations of the debutante ball.

Historically, the Season comprised innumerable social and charity engagements, including lavish balls and dinners and evenings at the opera or theatre. The most exclusive events were held at the town mansions of leading members of the aristocracy. In effect, this series of events served as a courtship ritual for the children of marriageable age of the nobility and upper gentry. The Season began with the presentation of dbutantes to the monarch.

London Social Seasons

By: Zack and Steven

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The London Season is one of the most glamorous events in the world. Usually it starts after Easter and ends in August. Events include the horse races, the Derby, the even classier Ascot, the Chelsea Flower Show, concerts, balls, dances and The Proms, of course. However, the Season is not as elegant as it once was when young ladies were presented to the Court and men and women swirled around huge ball room floors in their finest evening wear.

The Season was regarded as a 'marriage market', a chance for the young men and women of the aristocracy and upper middle classes to meet each other and choose partners. As the girls were chaperoned it was difficult for them to meet privately so girls would often marry the first acceptable partner. Marriages were often not love matches but formed on the basis of eligibility, money and, perhaps, common interests. This was especially true in the Regency period when the idea of marrying for love was relatively new.

During the Season, young men and women spent their time in an exhausting round of balls, dances, exhibitions, concerts and plays. Balls and dances usually started at 10:00 pm and ended at about 3:00 in the morning. Dinner parties could involve a huge number of people, six or seven courses and a myriad of footmen and maids.


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