Mari helps bring in new year with old tradition
AN ANCIENT new year tradition was revived on Gower this weekend as the Gower Heritage Centre in Parkmill held a Wassail Festival.
Wassailing is an ancient tradition thought to have links to a pagan festival held to help bring on spring. The centre’s event featureed a traditional Mari Lwyd – a horse’s skull mounted on a pole leading people in a parade from house to house – with music throughout the weekend, food, drink and other entertainment.
There was also be a torchlight parade. Music came from, among others, The Brwmys band, Celtic Folk, No Obligation, Gwyr y Stoc and the Andy Tamlyn Jones Band.
Visitors and volunteers at The Gower Heritage Centre, near Swansea, taking part in the Wassail Festival, which included the ancient tradition of blessing apple trees, led by a Mari Lwyd.