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"On Nos Calan Mai or May Eve, villagers gather hawthorn (draenen wen, literally whitethorn) branches and flowers which they would then use to decorate the outside of their houses, celebrating new growth and fertility. "
Draenen wen could also mean 'Blessed or holy' Hawthorn in Welsh, cf. 'Gwyn eu byd', 'Mam Wen' i.e. Mair, Mary the Mother of God.