The finished drawing of Mari Lwyd, who has a horse skull or a head and purple rubies for eyes. The Mari Lwyd is wearing a wreath on its head and a long flowing robe. The text says “Mari Lwydmas”

#SidewalkFriends: Mari Lwydmas

Here’s a festive new #SidewalkFriends drawing.

It started with a dried patch of something (paint?) that I spotted on a cold winter morning. I took a photo and used it as inspiration for a Mari Lwyd.

The Mari Lwyd is a wassail-singing folk character from South Wales traditions. It goes door to door challenging occupants to a battle of wits. If victorious, the Mari Lwyd wins food and ale, then grants the household good luck for the following year.

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