The Chepstow Wassail Mari Lwyd



Crowds of people braved the poor winter weather conditions to watch this years Chepstow Wassail Mari Lwyd.

The Chepstow Wassail Mari Lwyd is a popular annual event and it combines the mainly English tradition of Wassailing,  a traditional New Year’s celebration  and the celebrating of the Welsh midwinter Mari Lwyd tradition, plus a unique social meeting of the English and Welsh on the Welsh/English border (The river Wye bridge). The festival acknowledged the changing of the seasons, using a ceremonial horse skull as a symbol of death and rebirth.

Monika Kudaseva, 23, from Newport (originally from Lithuania) is photographed with the Green Man, Steward Dyer from Gloucester, a member of the  Widders.

IMG_3389There was also Morris dancing and a Country Dance Ceilidh. The event was hosted by The Widders Welsh Border Morris, the local team and supported by Monmouthshire County Council, Chepstow Town Council, Chepstow Acoustic Music Club, Glosfolk and…

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