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Legend has it...

 

nos calan gaeaf

HALLOWEEN TRADITIONS FROM WALES

Nos Calan Gaeaf is the last day of the ancient welsh calendar. A night when the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead was thin enough for them to pass between. Read about some of our ancient myths and traditions; some may sound pretty familiar! 

 
 
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Coel certh

A fortune-telling tradition. Families and villages would gather around a large bonfire on Nos Calan Gaeaf. Every person would write their name on a stone, to be placed in the fire. The next morning, if any stones were missing from the fire, it was believed that that person would die in the next year. 

 
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Twco fale

As part of the Nos Calan Gaeaf celebrations, the game Twco Fale was often played. In the tame version, the person playing would try to get an apple from a bucket of water using their teeth, sometimes blindfolded. In the more extreme version, apples and candles were dangled above the player and blindfolded they would try to find the apple. 

 
Photo by DANIEL-BARQUERO/iStock / Getty Images
Photo by DANIEL-BARQUERO/iStock / Getty Images

CWN ANNWN & YR HWCH DDU GWTA

Rooted in ancient welsh folklore an mythology, these terrifying creatures of the night were the reason people rushed home fearfully from the fire on Nos Calan Gaeaf. Cwn Annwn were dogs or hounds with red ears and red eyes, and Hwch Ddu Gwta the black tailless sow that rose out of the ashes of the bonfire. Feared rather than fun, villagers may have worn masks to help keep the spirits away. 

 

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