Posted by: KimBoland | December 20, 2015

Mari Lwyd Lights up Pennard

A huge thanks to everyone who supported our Mari Llwyd Lantern Parade at Pennard last Tuesday.  Whether you joined the parade with your colourful lanterns, watched the parade as traveled through the village, or came along to listen to the carol singing at the end – it truly was an evening of festive family fun.

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This is the second Mari Lwyd Parade we have organised in conjunction with Gower Landscape Partnership, which has helped revive this old midwinter tradition.

The Mari Lwyd was the name given to a horse’s skull, which was part of an unusual Christmas ritual in 19th century Wales. The horse figure would be carried from door to door by a group challenging others to a battle of Welsh verse. For more info on the tradition of the Mari Lwyd, click here

“It’s been nice that everyone has had an opportunity to get involved, with lots of community workshops and free DIY kits being given out at Pennard Library and Pennard Stores.” said Ranger, Kathryn Thomas.

At the end of the procession, residents of Heatherslade Nursing Home were treated to carol singing.

Thanks to all our volunteers who helped on the night and also to Jamie from Three Cliffs Coffee Shop for the delicious mince pies!

Photographs by All About The Image

 

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