Mari Lwyd are found in many parts of Wales and represent an ancient tradition of horses skull hobbies. The name probably means 'pale mare' but the exact derivation is lost.
Traditionally the Mari processes in the winter dark about the time of the new year and visits houses where good food and drink is to be had. Before being admitted a challenge is sung - the group with the Mari vie with the householder to extemporise scatalogical verses. Inevitably the Mari wins and a party ensues.
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