​Where traditions intermingle: carol singing, yulesinging, wassailing … and Mari Lwyd

The Mari Llwyd at Llangynwyd in Glamorgan, led by Sianco’r Castell. The photograph was taken by Frederic Evans between 1904 and 1910.

The final meanderings in our short series for the festive season, today we explore the tradition of carol singing in English (and Celtic) history taking place around this time of year (Winter Solstice, Yule Tide, Christmas, etcetera).

“Wassail! wassail! all over the town,

Our toast it is white and our ale it is brown;

Our bowl it is made of the white maple tree;

With the wassailing bowl, we’ll drink unto thee.”

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References

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wassail

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wassailing

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mari_Lwyd

http://www.folkwales.org.uk/mari.html