Mari Lwyd, Chepstow.

The Mari-Lwyd is a Welsh winter first footing tradition, which dates back many centuries. The Mari is a decorated, shrouded horse skull which is carried from house to house or pub by the Mari Lwyd group. The performers attempt to gain entry for food and drink through song, rhyme and riddles. This is called “the Pwnco” which is a rhyme/song battle between the Mari group and the inhabitants of the house/pub.  After some singing, daft capers and banter between the inhabitants and the Mari group the Mari group are eventually allowed inside to partake of small food and drink.  Usually singing and rowdy banter ensues after which the Mari group bless the house and it’s inhabitants (thlwncdestyn) wish all a happy New Year and move on to the next port of call.