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THREE DRAGON PUMPKIN STENCILS TO CHOOSE FROM - FREE DOWNLOAD
I love carving jack-o-lanterns and do gothic haunted houses, castles and stuff for my house and friends and relatives and I thought I'd do a dragon this year so I made some stencils which anyone can download and use. Above you'll find three dragons , a hard version and medium and easy versions. We also have a 'Castell Coch' stencil here for those of you who prefer 'creepy castle' designs.
The dragon is an emblem of Wales and can be seen on the national flag:-'Y Ddraig Goch'. So if you are Welsh or of Welsh descent carving a dragon pumpkin is a superb way of celebrating Halloween and your 'Welshness' at the same time. If not, well, it's a great motif anyway. There are pictures of the dragon below, both in outline and as a finished product. Read on for an account of some interesting Welsh Halloween customs.
This is the hard dragon pattern:-
Here's one somebody did last year:- http://americymru.ning.com/photo/pumpkin-carve
Try our Castell Coch halloween pumpkin stencil here:- http://americymru.net/profiles/blogs/free-castell-coch-halloween
Old Welsh customs associated with Halloween/Nos Calan Gaeaf
From the Wikipedia:-
" * Coelcerth: Families build a fire and place stones with their names on it. The person whose stone is missing the next morning would die within the year.
* Yr Hwch Ddu Gwta: Legend has it that a fearsome spirit called Yr Hwch Ddu Gwta took the form of a tail-less black sow and roamed the countryside with a headless woman. Children would rush home early.
* Eiddiorwg Dalen: A few leaves of ground ivy is thought to give you the power to see hags. For prophetic dreams a boy should cut ten ivy leaves, throw away one and put the rest under his head before he sleeps. A girl should take a wild rose grown into a hoop, creep through it three times, cut it in silence, and go to bed with it under her pillow.
* Teiliwr: In Glamorgan tailors were associated with witchcraft. They supposedly possessed the power to ‘bewitch’ anybody if they wished."