Christmas Food Court Flash Mob, “Hallelujah Chorus” (by George Frideric Handel, Messiah, 1741)
You may notice that many of those who were not singing stood up during the singing of the “Hallelujah Chorus.” This is a tradition that dates back to about the middle of the 18th century. It is said to have begun when King George II stood up during its playing while attending the performance at its London premiere. However, he may not have even attended the premiere. Regardless, people were standing for it by 1756 according to a letter dated of that year.