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Chepstow Wassail & Mari Lwyd

Morris dancing around the town.
19th January 2019


The Mari-Lwyd

The Mari-Lwyd is an Welsh winter first footing tradition which dates back many centuries.The Mari is a decorated, shrouded horse skull which is carried from house to house or pub by the Mari Lwyd group of performers who attempt to gain entry for food and drink through song, rhyme and riddles called “the Pwnco”, a rhyme/song battle between the Mari group and the inhabitants of the house/pub. After some singing, daft capers and banter between the inhabitants and the Mari group the Mari group are eventually allowed inside to partake of small food and drink, there is usually singing and rowdy banter after which the Mari group bless the house and it’s inhabitants (thlwncdestyn) wish all a happy New Year and move on to the next port of call. The Chepstow Mari Lwyd takes place on the steps of Chepstow museum in Bridge St where a large part of the town and many visitors turns out to watch the proceedings. There are also several Morris teams and players of various types, including Mummers, Green Man, Minstals etc.

If you have never been to this event, prepare to be astounded, amazed, astonished and ready to have some really good fun. But wrap up warm - it’s in January!


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