Chepstow, Wales, UK. 16th January 2016. A record ten 'Mari Lwyds' (Welsh), or Grey Mare's gather for celebrations at Chepstow, on the Welsh border. An ancient midwinter tradition to celebrate the New Year. It is very unusual to see more than one 'Mari Lwyd' on any one occassion and unheard of to have a gathering of ten. Credit: Haydn Denman/Alamy Live News

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Chepstow, Wales, UK. 16th January 2016. A record ten 'Mari Lwyds' (Welsh), or Grey Mare's gather for celebrations at Chepstow, on the Welsh border. An ancient midwinter tradition to celebrate the New Year. It is very unusual to see more than one 'Mari Lwyd' on any one occassion and unheard of to have a gathering of ten. Credit: Haydn Denman/Alamy Live News
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'Mari Lwyd' celebrations at Chepstow, Morris dancers and public in Chepstow, on the boarder of Wales and England UK celebrate one of the strangest and oldest of Welsh customs as they take 'The Mari Lwyd' to several pubs and taverns in the small market town. The ''Mari Lwyd''' (''Grey Mare'' or "Gray Mary" in English) is a Welsh midwinter tradition, possibly to celebrate New Year, although it formerly took place over a period stretching from Christmas to late January. It is a form of visiting wassail, a luck-bringing ritual in which the participants accompany a person disguised as a horse from house to house or in this case pub to pub.
Location: Chepstow, Wales, UK,

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