The Mari Lwyd

The Mari Lwyd is a wassailing custom prevalent across South Wales where a horse's skull mounted on a pole with the bearer concealed under a white sheet, is born from door to door soliciting entry by a kind of singing competition with the inhabitants. When the party is finally let in they are plied with drinks and food.

The Mari Lwyd party at Llangynwyd, Maesteg in 1919.

The Heb Enw Mari Lwyd came to us from Morys ar y Clwt, the `Grey Mare' having its rebirth with them in the early nineties.

The Mari with Morys ar y Clwt at Llanerchaeron in 1994.

Today, our Mari may occasionally be seen accompanying Heb Enw Morris around Christmastime...

...and especially at the Chepstow Wassail and Mari Lwyd celebration in mid January, run by the Widders Border Morris.

Wassailing the apple trees by Chepstow castle.

In the Three Tuns in Chepstow for a bit of a sing-song.

The Welsh `Mari Lwyders' meet the English wassailers
 on the bridge over the river Wye.

'Nuther shot from the Three Tuns in Chepstow...