Folk Practices

Welsh Winter Traditions, Part 2: The Hunting of the Wren

The Hunting of the Wren – Hela’r Dryw – is a winter mumming custom practiced in Wales and other Celtic countries since at least the middle ages. There are two distinct phases of the practice: the hunt itself, and the subsequent parading of the captured […]

Between the Worlds – A Solitary Beltane Ritual for Divine Inspiration

Three parts to everything : He One, She One, They One in the Third. – Celtic Triad For the Celts, three was a sacred number. They had a threefold cosmology, dividing existence into the Realms of Sea, Land and Sky. Many of their Divinities were […]

Welsh Winter Traditions: The Mari Lwyd

Two popular Welsh folk customs, the Mari Lwyd and the Hunting of the Wren, are part of winter calendar traditions which are enjoying a resurgence of interest and practice in modern times. Although these customs were celebrated on varying dates, depending on the time period […]