A Call To Wassail. January 5th – 17th, 2014.
Hello Friends of Cider!
We ask YOU the cider community to join us in embracing Wassail in 2014.
What is Wassail?
“The Orchard-Visiting wassail refers to the ancient custom of visiting orchards in cider-producing regions of England, reciting incantations and singing to the trees to promote a good harvest for the coming year.”
“Steeped in history, wassailing is traditionally held on the Twelfth Night after Christmas and performed in orchards to awaken the apple trees from their winter slumber and ward off bad spirits.”
When is Wassail?
We propose to observe North American celebrations from January 5th to January 17th, 2014. (‘New’ 12th Night Eve to ‘Old’ 12th Night – more about that later).
Goals for the 2014 Wassail:
Explore Old & New World Wassail Traditions
Salute The Orchard
Honor The Apple
Celebrate With Cider
How Can You Wassail?
Enjoy cider and a wassail bowl with friends.
Visit an orchard, cidermaker or local cider-serving establishment and toast the orchard & the apple.
Host a Wassail Event.
Let us know if you plan an event – we’ll post it on our Wassail 2014 page.
The 2014 Wassail Theme: Discover Wassail.
We hope this will be an informal collaborative effort and an annual event for the growing cider community in North America.