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IAMCIDER | Bill Bradshaw Photography

IAMCIDER | Bill Bradshaw Photography

Members of the Leominster Morris

In pictures: Here we come a-wassailing

The new wassail queen drinks a draught of cider. A piece of toast dipped in cider, well known as the favourite food of good spirits, is up t...

Wassailing the cider orchard

The new wassail queen drinks a draught of cider. A piece of toast dipped in cider, well known as the favourite food of good spirits, is up t...

IAMCIDER | Bill Bradshaw Photography

IAMCIDER | Bill Bradshaw Photography

IAMCIDER | Bill Bradshaw Photography

IAMCIDER | Bill Bradshaw Photography

Members of the Leominster Morris

In pictures: Here we come a-wassailing

Chepstow Wassail and Mari Lwyd 2012 - YouTube

Chepstow Wassail and Mari Lwyd 2012 - YouTube

The word 'Wassail' comes from the Anglo-Saxon greeting 'Waes Hael' (Be Whole: Be Hale & Hearty: Be Healthy) but wassailing goes back to Celtic days. Basically a bonding ritual that involved befurred men drinking themselves into a stupor around a smoky fire, the ancient Yuletide custom continues today. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/recipes/3294229/Here-we-come-a-wassailing.html

The word 'Wassail' comes from the Anglo-Saxon greeting 'Waes Hael' (Be Whole: Be Hale & Hearty: Be Healthy) but wassailing goes back to Celtic days. Basically a bonding ritual that involved befurred men drinking themselves into a stupor around a smoky fire, the ancient Yuletide custom continues today. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/recipes/3294229/Here-we-come-a-wassailing.html

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