Mari helps bring in new year with old tra­di­tion

South Wales Evening Post - - LETTERS -

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.

Pic­ture: Robert Me­len

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.

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