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A Day of Midwinter Traditions in Glastonbury

December 17th, 2009

Last weekend we held the Order’s annual Winter Gathering at Glastonbury. Overseas members will know what Glastonbury – the Tor, Chalice Well etc. – look like from photos, but perhaps not the actual building where we meet – so here’s a photo of the Town Hall. As we learnt how to wassail and Morris, a brass band played outside for the town’s Frost Fayre. In the morning we held a ceremony in Chalice Well Gardens followed by a meditation in the Town Hall. In the afternoon we listened to ‘Horse Queen and King of the Birds: Exploring the Mysteries of Midwinter’, with songs, stories and explanations from Angharad Wynne & Eric Maddern; this was followed by a session on how to work with the old traditions of wassailing, hunting the wren (not real ones!) hobby horsing and acting out a mumming play, led by Kate and Corwen of  Rigantona. Then we were entertained by Mythago Morris – who gave us a Winter dance and then invited us to join them in a Morris workshop. The day was crowned with a feast and Eisteddfod. Damh the Bard is busy downstairs putting excerpts from that amazing evening on to the next ‘Druidcast’ – The Order of Bards Ovates & Druids’ podcast. Click on the thumbnails below to enlarge these photos.

Glastonbury Town Hall

The Mari Lwyd brought specially from Wales for the day

'Dobbin' from Rigantona

The White Stag from the Dance of Herne the Hunter by Mythago Morris

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