The Willesden Green Wassail: A Portrait by Benedikte Granvig by rachelrosereid published on 2013/04/16 23:08:35 +0000 WILLESDEN GREEN WASSAIL A respectfully irreverent adaptation of an ancient English festival. The Wassail (still practiced in rural areas of England) is celebrated in the hope that apple trees will grow healthily in the coming year. In urban areas, the ‘apple trees’ are local shops. Over a hundred participants walk down the High Street, hear from local shopkeepers, then loudly ‘wassail’ them with a new version of the traditional song ("Oh Abdul's Halal Butcher's We Wassail thee..!”). Performers pronounce from soapboxes, and, when we reach our apple trees (planted in 2010), the whole crowd recreates the original Wassail rituals. I'm happy to create similar events, or to pass on knowledge about how to create accessible, vibrant & relevant communal rituals in other urban settings. Time Out Critics’ Choice (2011/12). Named by the Lonely Planet blog as one of the UK’s most inspirational Winter events.