A Welsh language custom marking the darkest days of midwinter, the Mari Lwyd tradition of parading a horse’s skull in pubs & people’s houses continues to this day in South Wales around New Year. A song is sung & insults exchanged in battle of wits known as ‘pwnco’.
More recently, the money & drink collecting aspects of the tradition have been replaced by raising money to charity.
From the book ‘Folk Archive’. 2000.
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