My first time experiencing a Wassailing this weekend where tradition dictates that we bless the health of the orchard in the hopes that they thrive and provide a good harvest.

This involves a Wassail King (or Queen) leading the processional song and activities including Morris Men dances and song, lighting bonfires and ends with a big round of noise from the crowd (this could be hitting pots and pans or generally shouting), as far as I can understand this was to ward off bad spirits that may ruin a crop.

Looking forward to next year! Heres to a good 2023 crop.

Person wearing hat adorned with pheasant feathers beer mats and foliage. A lit torch ready to light the bonfire. Wassailing King leading the processional song in the darkness.