Tag Archives: Traditions

History of St Patrick’s Day

St Patrick’s Day (or the Feast of St Patrick’s Day) is a saint day in Ireland, which is celebrated annually on 17 March. This feast marks the date of the death of the said saint, who is the Patron Saint of Ireland.  Continue reading History of St Patrick’s Day

An Irish Céilí

Since today is St. Patrick’s Day, it is high time for a Céilí dance!

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Pancake Day, Pancake day, P-p-p-p-p-p-p-p Pancake Day!

This is an awesome video from an old childhood show of mine, called Maid Marian and her Merry Men,¹ which was super-popular back in the 90’s. Continue reading Pancake Day, Pancake day, P-p-p-p-p-p-p-p Pancake Day!

Scotland’s Son: Robert Burns

At the end of every January, there is an annual celebration here in the UK called Burns Night or Burns Suppers. People drink whisty, eat haggis, and dance the night away. This event is to celebrate the birth of a famous Scottish poet named Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796). Continue reading Scotland’s Son: Robert Burns

Journey into Fireworks Night

I have been thinking about the reasons why we celebrate Guy Fawkes’ Night since I posted last night*…

Perhaps we are celebrating because it was lucky in some way that no-one died on that night, so it’s a celebration for the freedom of people? (Except for the poor plotters, who received the death penalty two months later.) Or perhaps we don’t really know the real reasons, since the ways of marking the occasion, changed over the years?

Not much is known about how they celebrated in the early days, although it was apparently very anti-Catholic, with sermons preached by the church. Continue reading Journey into Fireworks Night

Remember, Remember the 5th of November…

Here in the UK, Guy Fawkes’ Night (aka Bonfire Night/Fireworks Night) is celebrated annually on the 5 November.

It’s a long-standing tradition that has been publicly acknowledged since the Stuart times, where bonfires are lit, fireworks are displayed, and sparklers are waved around in the air. All because a man, called Guy Fawkes from York, tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament in on 5 November 1605. Continue reading Remember, Remember the 5th of November…

The History of Halloween

The other day, on the way to work, I drove past a house that was actually decorated for Halloween. Since I drove past fast, I only caught a banner, which probably said something like: Enter If You Dare! I was amused that a house actually went into Halloween effort, because while the UK talks about Halloween, but it isn’t a big holiday like it is in the USA. But it never was how it is now…

The origins of Halloween actually date back to Celtic times, and back then, it was the New Year’s Eve for pagans, with November 1 being the start of the New Year.They believed that on New Year’s Eve, named Samhain¹,  Continue reading The History of Halloween