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Ireland Festivities


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Ireland Festivities

  1. 1. Ireland Festivities
  2. 2. St. Patrick's Festival <ul><li>MARCH </li></ul><ul><li>St. Patrick's Festival is Ireland's official celebration for our national holiday – St. Patrick's Day. Around the globe on Saturday 17th March Ireland is celebrated with parties and parades but the BIG party is here in Ireland where they celebrate in style with five days and nights of fantastic celebratory events, most of which are free! </li></ul><ul><li>From March 15th to 19th there is so much on offer - music, street theatre, family carnivals, comedy, street performances, dance, a treasure hunt, night spectacles ... 4000 performers and 1 million people celebrating Ireland. So whether you are Irish or just wish you were, Dublin is the place to be this March to enjoy Ireland's biggest party. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Pan Celtic Festival <ul><li>APRIL </li></ul><ul><li>Pan Celtic Festival began in Killarney in 1971 when it aimed to foster better relations between the Celtic nations of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, the Isle of Mann, Cornwall and Wales. Today it has grown to a fully fledged celebration of Celtic culture with parades, music, dancing and sports. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Fleadh Nua Festival <ul><li>MAY </li></ul><ul><li>The Fleadh Nua Festival brings together concerts, céilithe, music, song and dancing workshops, and each year thousands of people in search of traditional entertainment attend </li></ul>
  5. 5. Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival <ul><li>AUGUST </li></ul><ul><li>A festival with a long history, the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival is Ireland's biggest singles event. A heady mix of music, dance horseracing and BBQ championships, plus the chance to meet Mr. Lisdoonvarna and Queen of the Burren. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Puck Fair <ul><li>AUGUST </li></ul><ul><li>Puck Fair is one of Ireland's oldest and most popular festivals, with hours of free family entertainment, a traditional horse fair, open air concerts, parades and fireworks. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Christmas <ul><li>DECEMBER </li></ul><ul><li>Ireland remembers the Christian elements of the festival particularly. However, these customs are steeped in the mysteries of older times. </li></ul><ul><li>Between the introduction of Christianity to Ireland in the 5th century, and the infiltrations from the English in the late middle ages, there is little written about Christmas in Ireland. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1171, the English King, Henry II took Christmas festivities to Ireland. He essentailly went there to get the Irish chiefs to swear allegiance to the English Crown, and on finding them very agreeable, so history tells us, he had a huge hall built, in traditional Irish style, in a village near Dublin, called Hogges. There he laid on a sumptuous feast, introducing the Irish to the customs of tournaments, Christmas plays, mumming and masking etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Most of the references are in annals recording visits of Kings and nobles, and tell us little about the people and their customs. The 19th and early 20th century writers have done more to build a picture of Irish Christmas than anyone. Stories which invite the reader inside the homes and farmsteads of Irish families, and share with them the preparations for |Christmas, which have been a part of this hidden Ireland for centuries. A few of the more traditional customs are listed below. </li></ul>