Mari Lwyd



  • (Welsh: Grey Mare) 'Singing with Mari Lwyd' is an old Christmas custom still surviving in parts of South Wales. The chief performer wears a white sheet and carries a mare's skull decorated with ribbons. His followers sing outside houses, demanding to be let in. This is, at first, refused until the callers give evidence of their ability to extemporize rhyming verses. They are then made welcome and suitably refreshed.