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For those looking to uphold the ancient  custom of the Mari Lwyd there are exciting times ahead. Owain Glenister from Y Lle has begun to reinstate the tradition in Llanelli courtesy of funding from Ymlaen Llanelli – The BID.

The Mari Lwyd (the Grey Mare) is a pre-Christian tradition said to bring good luck.

People made a horse figure from a horse’s skull, with decorative ears and eyes attached. They adorned it with colourful reins, bells, and ribbons and wrapped it with a white sheet that is carried around on a pole.

The Mari Lwyd and its party would go door-to-door, singing and challenging the families inside to a battle of rhyming insults in Welsh. At the end of the battle of wits (known as pwnco) the group would be invited into the house for refreshments.

This old tradition died out in many parts of Wales, but some parts still act it out and every December. Now it is back in Llanelli.

Llanelli Online has put together a song sheet for you along as well as an MP3 you can sing-along too. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the Mari Lwyd…Coming to a pub near you this Christmas.

Wel dyma ni’n diwad
Gyfeillion diniwad
I ofyn cawn gennad
I ofyn cawn gennad
I ofyn cawn gennad I ganu.

Qwychw yr hyfder
rywle rhy drws ar agorwch chi?
I ganu mae’m gwraig
I ganu mae’m gwraig
I ganu mae’m gwraig am gwrw

Fi canaf am wythnos
a phart o bythefnos,
A mis os bydd achos,
A mis os bydd achos,
A mis os bydd achos, byth bythoedd.

A tapwch y faril
Gollyngwch yn rhugl
A rhenwch e’n gynil
A rhenwch e’n gynil
A rhenwch e’n gynil Y Gwyliau.

Mae Mari Llwyd lawen
Am ddod i’ch ty rhonten
A chanu yw’r diben
A chanu yw’r diben
A chanu yw’r diben Mi dybiaf.
Ni cawson ein parchu,
dos siwr, a croeswyd (croesawid).
Ffarwélwch eleni,
Ffarwélwch eleni,
Ffarwélwch eleni, ni’n ymadael.

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