New Traditions from Old Ways

Today we were at a wonderful celebration of a very old mid- winter tradition found in Wales and the borders. The Mari (mare) is a horse skull that was carried from door to door with a Mary Llwyd group who went into houses singing and challenging families to rhyming insults in Welsh. It was a battle of wits. Followed by good spirits and refreshment. After more banter the Mari would bless the house and then move on to the next.

At Chepstow they have created a lovely festival that has Mari’s from all over - not just Wales - gathering and helping with the Wassail.