Nov 18, 2009 Halloweens origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sowin). The Celts, who lived 2, 000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern In Northern Ireland, Halloween is such a major celebration that it is often called the Irish Christmas. A day of family reunions, meals, and fun, Halloween brings people of all ages together with rhyming, storytelling, family fireworks, and community bonfires.
In northern Ireland, it was customary for Druids to perform ritualistic ceremonies and make sacrifices to pacify their gods. The Celts would bring wood and start their Samhain bonfire or, fire festival, on the hilltop.
Some traditions in Ireland are still popular to this day. Irish traditions& customs have been passed down from generation to generation in Ireland. Some Irish traditions have long been forgotten but others survived.
The culture of Ireland includes customs and traditions, language, music, art, literature, folklore, cuisine and sports associated with Ireland and the Irish people. For most of its recorded history, Ireland's culture has been primarily Gaelic (see Gaelic Ireland ).
Northern Ireland Cultural life: Cultural life in Northern Ireland tends to follow the contours of political and sectarian differences and to be marked by any number of shibboleths. For example, Roman Catholics and Protestants may listen to the same song but call it by different names; however, age, gender, and class play at least as large a role as To find the origin of Halloween, you have to look to the festival of Samhain in Ireland's Celtic past.
Samhain had three distinct elements. Firstly, it was an important fire festival, celebrated over the evening of 31 October and throughout the following day. The traditional Halloween cake in Ireland is the barnbrack which is a fruit bread.
Each member of the family gets a slice. Great interest is taken in the outcome as there is a piece of rag, a coin and a ring in each cake. The Irish Origins of Halloween: Samhain Festival. Almost everyone the world over knows about Halloween. From trick or treating to bonfires, and pumpkin carving to scary games and stories, the holiday has become a staple in Halloween was first celebrated in Ireland, around a thousand years ago, which is why so many of Halloween traditions regardless of where you are in the world are Irish.
Halloween was WHERE: Northern Ireland Ireland is where Halloween was born as the Celtic festival of Samhain, when ghosts walked among the living. Traditions abound, like bonfires and eating barmbrack, a Halloween is Irelands most ancient festival, a potion of pagan and Christian meanings, lore and legend. The earliest form was an endofsummer festival, Samhain, often known as the Celtic New Year, to mark the beginning of the long winter nights.