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13 Jan

Hen Galan - Happy 'Welsh' New Year!

Posted by Becca Hemmings

Today, 13th January, is Hen Galan, a Welsh celebration for the 'old new year'. Here are some fun facts!

  • 'Hen Galan' is the Welsh for 'old new year'
  • It follows the Julian calendar rather than the Gregorian.
  • It is still celebrated in Cwm Gwaun, Pembrokeshire.
  • Traditionally it was a bigger celebration than Christmas!
  • Children sing for 'Calennig'; New Year gifts of sweets, fruit and money.
  • The men celebrate with Mari Lwyd, where they chant through the village with a decorated horse’s skull.
  • When the men visit your house and you cannot recite a verse, the group of men will invite themselves (or are often welcomed) in for food and celebrations!
  • The main reason for celebrating is to bring the villagers together, and to have a good time of course!
  • You can find a traditional Hen Galan song below:
Blwyddyn Newydd dda i chi
 / A happy new year to you
Ac i bawb sydd yn y tŷ
 / And to everyone in the house
Dyma fy nymuniad i / This is my wish
Blwyddyn Newydd dda i chi
 / A happy new year to you

 

 

 


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