Mari Lwyd Wassailing: Freaky Facts

We all know the Christmas carol, but what the hell is wassailing?

Mari_Lwyd_at_LlangynwydWassailing may sound more like the cheerful cousin of trick-or-treating: people travel from door to door, singing and offering drinks in exchange for small gifts and food. But the most twisted version of wassailing comes from South Wales and may or may not include a dead horse.

Mari Lwyd was first recorded in the history books in 1800 (though no doubt has pre-Christian origins) and is still practiced in some Welsh communities today. A horse’s skull is attached to a pole and carried by an individual hidden beneath a piece of cloth. Sometimes ribbons and colorful ornaments decorate the skull to add a bit of festive flair.

hqdefaultThe hobby horse would be accompanied by several others members of the community as they wandered from door to door, demanding to be let into homes via a song. The homeowners would respond with their own song and the singing contest would go back and forth until the homeowners relented and brought the wassailers in for food and drink.

It may be dark and macabre to some, and it was met with resistance from church groups in the mid-20th century, however, the Mari Lwyd has seen a spike in popularity over the last few years.

Nadolig Llawen!

If you own a haunted bar, cafe, hotel, or restaurant and you’d like us to check it out, reach out to us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.  If you have a favorite haunted hot spot with great food and atmosphere and you’d like to share it with us, hit us up on social media or leave a comment below! We’d love to hear from you… Thanks for joining us, and Happy Haunting!

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Powered by WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: