Wassail (Middle English wæs hæl, literally 'good health' or 'be you healthy') refers both to the salute 'Waes Hail' and to the drink of wassail, a hot mulled cider traditionally drunk as an integral part of wassailing, an ancient southern English drinking ritual intended to ensure a good cider apple harvest the following year.

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Here We Come A-wassailing
... The old English wassail song refers to 'wassailing', or singing carols door to door wishing good health, while the a- is an archaic intensifying prefix compare A-Hunting We Will Go and lyrics to The Twelve Days of ... tell good fortune if the householder would give them a drink from his wassail bowl or a penny or a pork pie or, let them stand for a few minutes beside the warmth of his hearth ... The wassail bowl itself was a hearty combination of hot ale or beer, apples, spices and mead, just alcoholic enough to warm tingling toes and ...
Philip Lane (composer) - Compositions
... themed around the Christmas season - the three Wassail Dances (three orchestral extemporisations based on the Somerset Wassail, Yorkshire Wassail and ...
Whimple Wassail
... The Whimple Wassail is an orchard-visiting wassail ceremony which takes place in the Devon village of Whimple annually every Old Twelfth Night (January 17th) ... The Whimple Wassail was first mentioned by the Victorian author and folklorist Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould in his book Devon Characters and Strange Events (published 1908) ... Later in 1931 the Whimple Wassail was given further mention in the Devon Exeter Gazette describing how the Wassail was hosted at Rull Farm, Whimple by a Mr and Mrs Reynolds ...
Wassail - Bibliography
... Do the Wassail A Short Guide to Wassail, Songs, Customs, Recipes and Traditions How to Have a Fine Geegaw of a Wassail!, Hutman Productions, ISBN 0-97023 ... Wassail! In Mazers of Mead an account of mead, metheglin, sack and other ancient liquors, and of the mazer cups out of which they were drunk, with some comment upon the drinking customs of ...
Apple Wassail
... The Apple Wassail is a traditional form of wassailing practiced in the cider orchards of South West England during the winter ... There are many well recorded instances of the Apple Wassail in the early modern period ... On Twelfth Night, men would go with their wassail bowl into the orchard and go about the trees ...

Famous quotes containing the word wassail:

    Love and joy come to you,
    And to your wassail too,
    —Unknown. God Bless the Master of This House (l. 5–6)