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Did you know Halloween began in Ireland?

Did you know Halloween began in Ireland?

Halloween – a time for thrills, chills and wonderful traditions. But did you know that everyone’s favorite spooky holiday began in Ireland?

At this moment of?transition?the Celts believed?there was an?interaction between?the worlds of the living and the dead?and?that?spirits could move between them.?Fearing?that all manner of beings?might?pull them into the otherworld?before their time,?the?Celts would?disguise themselves in costumes?to?confuse?and scare off?the?roaming?ghosts, fairies,?hobgoblins and?demons.??

The modern?practice?of dressing up at Halloween is?firmly?rooted in these?old?pre-Christian?Celtic?customs,?as is the?tradition?of?lighting?bonfires, which?began on hilltops in Ireland with?clans and?communities?gathering?to light huge?ceremonial?Samhain?fires.? 

Halloween in Ireland is all about traditions. Whether that is in the food we eat or the games we play. Typical harvest fare such as barmbrack and colcannon are staples at this time of year as we celebrate with our families and gather together to bob for apples.  

So when you light up your Jack-o-lanterns (which also originated in Ireland as turnips) and head out ‘trick or treating,’ (yes, you guessed it, started in Ireland when children and the poor would go door to door to offer prayers for the dead in return for food) you will know now that Halloween is part of our DNA  and hopefully you will be able to join us to celebrate in Ireland in the not too distant future. 

In an ordinary year Ireland is very much the place to be at Halloween with stunning festivals and events happening up and down the island. ?Unfortunately this year some events have had to be postponed and some will be broadcast online but typically it is the fascinating Puca Festival in County Meath, the Bram Stoker Festival in Dublin and the wonderful celebrations in the city of Derry, that take center stage. We look forward to welcoming you to these festivals when the time is right.  

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