though the chinese and s.e. asian buddhists are yet to celebrate, wales finally joined the new year on january the 13th. here is a little introduction to the old calendar new year as traditionally celebrated in my ‘homeland’. blwyddyn newydd dda i bawb!


Calennig [kaˈlɛnɪg] is a Welsh word meaning “New Year celebration/gift,” though literally translates to “the first day of the month,” deriving from the Latin word kalends (wikipedia)

calennig is celebrated on the new year according to the julian calendar.

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Dydd calan yw hi heddiw,
Rwy’n dyfod ar eich traws
I ofyn am y geiniog,
Neu grwst, a bara a chaws.
O dewch i’r drws yn siriol
Heb nesid dim o’ch gwedd;
Cyn daw dydd calan eto
Bydd llawer yn y bedd.

the alternative and more alarming greeting is from a horses skull and some local merry men knocking on your door,  “y fari lwyd “.

click this link for fabulous old film of  ‘y fari lwyd’ before watching the evocative you tube piece below.  Y%20Fari%20Lwyd.html

http://www.folkwales.org.uk/mari.html

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