Guys, it’s November and that only means one thing and one thing only, Halloween!
For those of you who have never heard of Halloween. Halloween is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31. The word Halloween is a shortening of All Hallows’ Evening also known as Hallowe’en or All Hallows’ Eve. (Halloween is the easiest!!) Or if you want to be down with the Irish language, Halloween’s original name is Samhain (pronounced “sah-win”).
Halloween is one of the biggest events on the Irish cultural calendar ! Where does the festival originates from? yes you have guessed it.. Ireland!
It is said that the ancient Gaels believed that on October 31st, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased would come back to life and cause havoc such as sickness or damaged crops. This then meant that puka, banshee, fairies and other spirits could come and go quite freely into the real world. When locals lit bonfires, the local people wore disturbing masks and disguises to befuddle the spirits and stop the dead identifying individuals who they disliked during their living lifetime.
..Creepy? I know!!!
So now you know the history, I’ve decided that in the run up to Halloween I’m going to share spooky stories, upcoming Halloween events, and blogs about Ireland’s most haunted places.
You’ll be surprised how many ghosts and ghouls are meant to be roaming Ireland’s roads.
Read if you dare…. BOO!
Want to learn more about Ireland, like education? Well visit, http://www.educationinireland.com/en/ for more info!