Chocolate Yule Logs are a Christmas time treat in Ireland and a baking tradition in many Irish homes, that started many, many years ago to remember a very old tradition. Christmas Chocolate Yule Logs are baked as a more modern representation of the enormous logs once burned in the open hearth all through the Christmas […]
Holidays In Ireland
Christmas, Easter, and Saint Patrick's Day are major holidays in Ireland with some unique customs and cultures associated with each special time.
Holly branches festooned in red berries together with ivy leaves were transformed into festive Christmas decorations when I was growing up in Ireland. Have you ever wondered why this beautiful greenery is associated with Christmas? Why are we drawn to nature at this time of year, when the days are longer and the nights seem […]
This Halloween 64 million Americans will carve a pumpkin, but did you know the Irish brought the tradition of carving pumpkins at Halloween to America? Note: This post contains affiliate links which means I will earn a small commission should you choose to purchase a product through this link. The price you pay does not […]
Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Today’s the day when the whole world is a little bit Irish. But this year, rather than getting carried away with the wearing of the green, or drowning of the shamrock with green beer, or indulging in fluorescent green “Irish” food, I thought I would simply take a look at some […]
Did you know that marking the beginning of each new year on January 1st is a relatively new custom in Ireland? Believe it or not, this practice is less than 300 years old. Until recent years New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day celebrations were very subdued in Ireland. The Irish national folklore archive does […]