Traditional Wassails Celebrated Throughout UK

Despite the snow causing a standstill throughout the UK, traditional Wassails were celebrated throughout January to bid welcome and good health to 2013 apple and pear crops.

The ancient tradition is to awaken the cider apple trees and to scare away evil spirits to ensure a good harvest of fruit in the autumn.

Here are some great Wassail events that took place recently:

Queen crowned at village's wintry wassail ceremony

It would take more than four inches of snow and bitter winds to stop the village of Kilmersdon from keeping up an ancient tradition.

Wassail and workout!

Stoke Gabriel Wassail on Saturday combines ancient ceremony with a glorious mid-winter folk festival of Morris dancing, mummers players, storytelling, folk music and local home-made food and drink.

Somerset Wassail ceremony at Rich's Farmhouse Cider

With the first snowflakes of the new year falling on Somerset, it might seem a touch early to be contemplating the next season's apple crop, but cider fans in Burnham and Highbridge are determined to ensure their local orchard gets off to the best start possible.

Willesden Wassail took place over the weekend

High Street shops were blessed and sang to by more than 100 residents as part of an ancient ritual, which returned to Willesden Green this weekend.

Wassail celebrates Norwich pub's cider success

A traditional Wassail celebration was held at a Norwich pub last night to celebrate its status as East Anglia Cider Pub of the Year for 2012.

Cider-makers ward off evil spirits

Cider producer Thatchers has invoked an ancient tradition to secure a good supply of apples for the coming year.

Wassailers keeping tradition alive with toast, cider and songs

A rural custom with its origins in pre-Christian times was re-enacted in the East Cornwall parish of Linkinhorne at the weekend.

Traditional Wassail Celebrated At Museum Orchard

A traditional wassail was celebrated on Saturday night to bid welcome and good health to 2013 apple and pear crops the museum orchard at Raglan Cider Mill, Monmouthshire.

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