Twelfth Night – 6th January 2021

Twelfth Night – 6th January 2021

Pilgrim Morris  celebrate Twelfth Night every year with a traditional Wassail to round off the festive season.

We tour the town’s hostelries singing traditional carols, performing the Guildford Mummers Play and generously passing  round the wassail bowl. The King or Queen of Misrule is chosen at the start of proceedings at the Star Inn.

The fun takes place on January 6th each year. At each pub, chalked cross marks are made on the beams called apotropaic marks – it’s one of the rituals of the night and the marks are made to bring good luck and to prevent the entrance of evil spirits.  

This year, for obvious reasons, Twelfth Night revelries were held in a safe and socially-distanced manner. The play was held over Zoom with some particularly fabulous singing providing a perfect illustration of why singing on Zoom is not a good idea.