Tomorrow is Halloween or Samhain (Sow-in) as it is called in Irish. It is one of the most important festivals of the ancient Celtic calendar.
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Why I Love Halloween
Excitement is rising in our home. My four little ones can't wait to don their costumes to run from house to house on their annual candy quest.
Halloween - The Irish Connection
As you get all dressed up in your costume this year, or light up your carved out pumpkin, remember that together we celebrate a holiday that is truly Irish and American. Read more about the ever-evolving Irish-American tradition of Halloween in this post from a few years ago.
In ancient Ireland Oíche Shamhna or Halloween night was a celebration of the final harvest of the year. An additional place was set at dinner to invite dead ancestors to the table. It was believed boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead were thinnest on this night. Spirits were free to move between worlds and rejoin the living.
Irish Halloween Foods
Why I Love Halloween In America
Halloween may have started in Ireland, but Americans truly know how to celebrate in style.
When I first crossed the Atlantic many moons ago, it was such a relief to discover Halloween is celebrated on an even bigger scale in America than in Ireland.
Check out this post to find my top ten reasons for loving Halloween – American Style.
Irish Faerie Folk
Wonderful insights into the faerie folk of Irish myths and legends are available on the Got Ireland website.
Many of Ireland's infamous, magical, spooky characters of yore are explored in a series of supernatural posts, just perfect for Halloween.
Happy Halloween To All
Here are some other posts to help you celebrate Halloween this year.
I hope you enjoy a holiday full of spooktacular fun.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Mairéad -Irish American Mom
Pronunciation - slawn ah-gus ban-ock-th
Mairéad - rhymes with parade
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