Mari Lwyd, Wales

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Horses and Christmas go perfectly well together in Wales. Mari
Lwyd
translates as “Gray Mare” and involves carting a horse—either a
life-size figure or someone dressed as a horse—door-to-door, accompanied by a
group of colorful singers and dancers. The
tradition is thought to be a holdover from pagan celebrations before Christmas was
introduced to Wales. The ritual kicks off with traditional Welsh-language
songs and a petition to enter the home for more music and merriment. It can
also include a rhyme contest between the troupe and residents—a satirical
back-and-forth not unlike a modern rap contest.

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Mari Lwyd, Wales

Horses and Christmas go perfectly well together in Wales. Mari
Lwyd
translates as “Gray Mare” and involves carting a horse—either a
life-size figure or someone dressed as a horse—door-to-door, accompanied by a
group of colorful singers and dancers. The
tradition is thought to be a holdover from pagan celebrations before Christmas was
introduced to Wales. The ritual kicks off with traditional Welsh-language
songs and a petition to enter the home for more music and merriment. It can
also include a rhyme contest between the troupe and residents—a satirical
back-and-forth not unlike a modern rap contest.

Paul Seligman [1] [1] http://www.flickr.com/photos/paul_seligman_cardiff/4234566371/

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