Halloween Tradition in Ireland

Unlike my blog before that discuss about Saint Patricks Day in the Republic of Ireland. My blog today is about ‘HALLOWEEN’. Like other countries that celebrated halloween. Ireland also has tradition to celabrate halloween.

Halloween is a holiday celebrated on October 31 each year. The origin of Halloween lies in the Celt’s Autumn festival which was held on the first day of the 11th month, the month known as November in English but as ‘Samhain’ in Irish. The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. Irish celebrated Halloween as Samhain, ‘All Hallowtide’ – the ‘Feast of the Dead’. This celebration marked as the end of Summer and the start of the Winter months.

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Halloween in Ireland has been celebrated for centuries and first originated from the festival of Samhain which dates back over 2,000 years. Halloween or Irish called Samhain is an important festival in Ireland, it marked the end of the bright half of the year and the start of the dark half. It was also a time to honor the dead and gods by using pagan rituals. It is also a modern day adaptation of the ancient pagan tradition of Samhain which was mid-winter in celtic Ireland.

Halloween provides thrills and scares across the world, As Christianity spread across Europe, including Ireland, pagan rituals of Samhain died over time. In its place, Halloween became the main festivity although some of the traditions of Samhain remained.

Today Halloween is a holiday devoted to fun and pranks, feasting and dressing up and of course trick or treating. It is not unusual to see houses in Ireland decked out in all manner of decorations from ghosts and witches to Vampires and Banshees. Not only that, a growing trend here in Ireland is to have a Halloween tree, unlike a Christmas tree but it is black and has all types of Halloween creepy crawlies attached to it.

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According to a USA Today poll in 2015, The city of Derry has become the best place to visit for Halloween. Its a long tradition of Derry to celebrate Halloween with thousands taking to the streets to celebrate one night of being in fancy dress. The city boasts a major festival every year including parades, fireworks, and other Halloween festivities. Other cities around Ireland are also following with celebrating Halloween holding large parades and events for families.

Irish has many traditions that they will do when Halloween. So they are:

1. Trick or Treat Tradition

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The custom of ‘trick or treat’ was founded in Ireland when children and the poor went from door to door at Halloween. They dress up in scary customes to ward off spirits and visit the homes of villagers from door to door. They sang songs or yelling ‘Help the Halloween Party’ or ‘Trick or Treat’ and collecting goodies and offered prayers for the soul of the dead in return for food, usually a soul cake which was a flattened bread that contained fruit. This tradition was known as ‘Souling’. Moreover, Offerings would be made at the foot of the Tlachtga bonfire and the tradition of lighting great bonfires on Halloween and continues until now.

2. Halloween Costume

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Why do people wear fancy dress on Halloween? The custom of dressing up in costume comes from an old Celtic tradition when people used to dress in costumes that resembled evil spirits in order to placate them. The tradition of wearing costumes also dates back to Celtic times. On the special night, they would dress up in elaborate costumes to disguise themselves as spirits and devils in case they encountered other devils and spirits during the night. By disguising, Irish hoped that they would be able to avoid being carried away at the end of the night. This explains why witches, goblins and ghosts remain the most popular choices for the halloween costumes.

3. Jack-O-Lantern, The Pumpkin

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Carving Pumpkins back to the eighteenth century and to an Irish blacksmith named Jack who colluded with the Devil and was denied entry to Heaven. He was condemned to wander the earth but asked the Devil for some light. He was given a burning coal ember which he placed inside a turnip that he had gouged out. This tradition was taken to America along with the Irish immigrants. carved out of a Pumpkin known as Jack of the Lantern or Jack-O-Lantern.

From the halloween traditions that I have explained above, there are more Irish traditions in halloween celebration that will explain on my next blog. Do you want to know the other halloween traditions?

Religious Celebration in Ireland

Every country has their own religious day. All over the world have celebrate it. Like other countries in Europe. So how about the Republic of Ireland? Do they Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland? The short answer is, YES. Ireland has their own tradition to celebrate Saint Patrick’s day as national day. St. Patrick’s day is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland. This day is celebrated by millions people all over the world and has become one of the most popular cultural events worldwide every year.

So who was Saint Patrick? As he was a Patron Saint of Ireland his feast day was important in Ireland’s religious calendar. A popular belief is that he introduced Christianity to Ireland, banished snakes from the island, and used the 3 leaves Shamrock to teach the Holy Trinity.

Patrick died on the 17th March after a long life of preaching the word of Christ. In Irish culture St. Patrick’s Day is traditionally a religious festival, a time of giving thanks for the arrival of Christian teachings and values. So, Gaelic or Irish celebrated that day as St. Patrick’s day and celebrate it every year since old until now. To celebrate it, Almost all businesses are closed on Saint Patrick’s Day, except for hospitality, like restaurants, pubs, etc.

Moreover, St. Patrick’s Day is now a national public holiday in Ireland, as well as a religious feast day. St. Patrick’s day celebrate with elaborate parade, shamrock, saint patricks day dinner, greening river, etc.

In this blog, I explain about traditions to consider that are associated with St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland.

  1. The wearing of the green on St Patrick’s Day

Firstly, what is shamrock? Shamrock is one of the symbols of Ireland. Shamrock or Semanggi leaves has three leaves as a symbol of the St. Patrick day, so festival this tinged with colors green used by Irish. Thus the Shamrock plant was used to illustrate the message of the Christian Holy Trinity.

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On St Patrick’s Day, it is customary to wear shamrocks, green clothing or green accessories. So, In Ireland, many people wear something green on that day. People wear a small bunch of Shamrocks on their right breast rather than wear green clothing to signify their Irishness and its traditional connection with St Patrick. While younger people like to make a splash, using face paints to create shamrocks, and wave inflatable green hammers.

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2. Holy day of obligation

Most, if not all, practicing Christians in Ireland will attend Church on St Patrick’s Day as its a Holy Day of Obligation. Families would dress in their best clothing, with Shamrocks pinned on their breast, and attend Church together. Going to church is still the most traditional activity in Ireland on St Patrick’s Day.

3. Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

It is one of the unique day that is celebrated worldwide. Since the 1960s, Ireland has known parades. The largest parade in the country is held in Dublin, where around half a million people line the streets. The tradition of dressing up in Irish green outfits is confined to participants in parades. Irish people dress up as Leprechaun or even as Saint Patrick himself.

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Parades for St Patricks Day are held all over the world inviting millions of people to celebrate being Irish for a day. Ireland’s parade as St Patrick’s festival which takes place over 5 days with events including art shows, plays, concerts, funfairs, and the main parade.

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4. Dying water or beer green

The use of the green color reached something new. in 1962, the city of Chicago decided to dye part of the Chicago River green for the festivities.

Source : https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/03/17/594578306/u-s-cities-awash-in-green-to-celebrate-st-patricks-day

Not only that, on St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, many bars serve green-dyed beer. After parade on the street, younger people come to the pub and drinking heavily. It is a widely held tradition in Ireland that beer or whiskey can be taken on Saint Patrick’s Day. Every people offer alcohol to another.

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5. The Saint Patrick’s Day Dinner

An Irish St. Patrick’s Day meal revolves around staple ingredients that have remained part of the Irish tradition for generations. Corned beef and cabbage is as traditional and Irish meal as you will ever find and it is often hauled out for Saint Patrick’s Day. Corned beef and cabbage might be one of the most popular dishes to eat on St. Patrick’s Day.

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So, that’s all about the traditions on St. Patricks day in Ireland. St. Patricks say or “Paddy’s Day,” as the locals call it, is indeed a religious holiday in Ireland. It’s inlude Shamrock, wearing green, parade, festivals, and others.

Irish are friendly? Is it right?

What are Irish people like? many issues may be often hear that Irish people are very friendly. Is it right? Like my blog before, I have explained about Ireland is the friendliest country in the world. So, in this blog. I will show how Irish friendly to every person. Irish never hesitate to accosting stranger who are visited their country. These are kinds of hospitality of Irish. Let’s read one by one!

1. Keeping Up The Smile

Firstly, this is one of the first Irish customs you will notice when getting off the plane.

Irish people are smile a lot. Wherever you go, you will be met by smiles. Walk down the street anywhere in Ireland, even in anonymous Dublin, and you will see people smiling to you.

In Ireland, if you ask a stranger for directions, you will get a friendly and helpful reply along with a smile. When you visit this friendliest country , you are truly blown away by the amount of smiles everywhere. Unlike the others country, like Germany. In Germany people tend to be closed and indifferent in public at best or angry at worst. If you smiled at them, it would not be returned. Another country is Sweden, people in Sweden are most introvert, they really appreciate personal space, people of sweden need a space, need a lot of space. It’s very different with Irish who always friendly to people around.

2. Irish People Are Very Generous

Secondly, it is about the famous argument over who is going to pay the bill in restaurant or pub.

Irish people are notoriously generous, often beyond their means. In Ireland, there’s someone will insist on inviting you, for example, for lunch and dinner. But, it’s not talking about a dating situation.

When you have lunch at restaurat or may be PUB, the famous place in Ireland. At the end of the pleasant chat the people start to argue over who is going to pay the bill. But, It’s not that they want the other one to pay, no. It can be like a game, and if you wish, and want to be the one to pay the bill, you can get in on it.

3. Irish Say “SORRY” A Lot

Oh, how strange it is at first when you hear the word sorry all around you. Sorry, sorry, and sorry.

Wherever you go, men, women, and children all apologizing. No other culture does this, apologising countless times a day. It is a uniquely of Irish thing. Everywhere you go, people will squeese past you muttering the magic word ‘sorry’. so saying ‘sorry’ is considered polite.

So, why does everyone here say sorry so much? Firstly, Irish people say sorry, they want to avoid conflict. They feel relationship over being right, so in a potential conflict situation, they are likely to back down and say the magic word ‘sorry’. so saying ‘sorry’ is considered polite.

4. Say “THANK YOU” To The Bus Driver

One of the tradition of Ireland that has survived in the test time is thanked the auto driver when Irish get off the bus in your goals – no matter how short travels, they will always say thank you to the bus driver. According to research Dublin Bus reported by The Journal in 2015, 90 percent of the passengers was always thanked the auto driver them. It’s one kind of hospitality of Irish. As a bus driver, we will feel appreciated of what he had do.

5. Say “HELLO” When Passing A Stranger On The Street

Like a popular saying, “to make a friend; you must be a friend”, this is clearly the general attitude of Irish culture. They consider every person are friends for them, so they will be friendly to them.

Irish people will frequently say “hello” or “nice day” or just nod and smile a greeting when passing a stranger on the street, though obviously not so much in more crowded places. This should not be seen as an attempt to start a conversation – just smile back, return the greeting and carry on.

6. Exit Conversation With Politeness

Irish people not only friendly to start conversation with another, they also polite when speak to people. When they want to exit or end conversation with people, they will say “I have to go”, or “I have nothing left to say”, or “I’ll leave you go”. They think it’s the only way that appropriate to exit conversation.

Okay, so that’s all about the kinds of hospitality in Ireland. That’s right if Irish are very friendly.

Ireland! The friendliest country in the world

Ireland, the second largest island of the British Isles and third-largest in Europe. It’s known for ancient history and lush vegetation, dramatic cliffs, and changeable weather. Not only that, many culture of Irish that famous and give impact of all the worlds. One of that is the Irish culture of hospitality. Irish people known as people who have high friendly to another.

Known as the ‘Emerald Isle’ or sometimes the ‘Land of Saints and Scholars’. Ireland was ranked in the top ten most sociable countries in the entire world. Published in 2015, their article stated that “The Irish themselves are inevitably at the heart of the best the country has to offer.” Nail on the head, honestly.

One that amazing, Ireland known as the forth friendliest country in the world. Unlike the other countries that litle bit introvert. Irish people are very friendly to another, strangers too.

So, if you ask. Who is the friendliest country in the world? Guess who was the answer of this question. Well, of course, Ireland!

The nature of Irish friendly, it’s from the legendary Irish Hospitality which is known as the Brehon Laws. A code of law and behaviour that was observed in Ireland for over 1000 years. It has been instilled and passed from generation to generation and is now inherent in Irish culture.

The law obliged the Irish to provide some form of hospitality or ‘oigidecht’ to visitors, travellers and guests. Moreover, to not abide by the law was illegal and one could be fined for not meeting the requirements. It could also damage a family’s reputation beyond repair. The law must applied to all Irish folk, regardless of their economic or their social status.

Irish people strive to be polite and welcoming to visitors and tourists. When they arrived, Irish will greeted them by the words Céad míle fáilte; which means ‘a hundred thousand welcomes.’ in Irish Gaelic. Going out of their way to assist where Irish can make the visitors feel like one of the locals.

Irish people are so engaging, friendly, and interested in other people. They understand what it means to come from a group of people that is connected to one another. They are proud of who they are and believe the people are their greatest asset.

The Irish people are the underdogs and don’t take life too seriously. They understand that it’s the small things that matter. They aren’t concerned with popularity, fame, riches, or ego. What makes the Irish people so great? They understand that it’s people that matter.

People Ireland very friendly, they often throwing a smile even at strangers though. Do not be surprised if they see you with a full of interest. Her fascination they happen in nature. Understandably, the Irish is a personal warm. They were happy mingle with other people, laughed with, and spend time with the talk about a lot of things.

It’s very common for the Irish to strike up a conversation with a total stranger at a coffee shop, a pub, or in a queue. “What’s the craic?” is a greeting you’ll often hea., ‘craic’ being a Gaelic word that means, “what’s happening?” or “how’s it going?” The Irish aren’t afraid to inquire this of strangers, and it definitely makes you feel like you’re among long-lost friends.

In Ireland, if you ask a stranger for directions, you will get a friendly and helpful reply along with a smile. Moreover, wherever you go, you will be met by smiles. Walk down the street anywhere in Ireland, even in anonymous Dublin, and you will see people smiling.

Irish people will frequently say “hello” or “nice day” or just nod and smile a greeting when passing a stranger on the street, though obviously not so much in more crowded placesThis should not be seen as an attempt to start a conversation – just smile back, return the greeting and carry on.

Another hospitality of Irish is when you in a pub, they will offer to buy you a pint. Stand at an event they will offer you a chair. Always accept, to not do so will be viewed as rude or ungrateful which is undoubtedly the worst of all transgressions in Irish culture. Not only that, when you have been at pub last day, and the following day you come back. The doorman will remembered your name, gave you a hug, and then said, “Welcome back!”. It was very nice. How happy you are. When a person can remember your name and welcome you well.

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Furthermore, Irish people are naturally gregarious and talkative and will happily chat with total strangers, falling easily into conversation while waiting for a bus, standing in line in a store or traveling on a train or may be in the bus. They don’t hesitate to start conversation with anyone, the topic of conversation in such situations normally about the weather, there is always plenty to discuss when it comes to Ireland’s weather. Because Ireland also known as changeable weather that amaze.

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So, I’m sure, you will never regret if visit Ireland. Because you will feel like a locals by Irish friendly.

Kissing the BLARNEY STONE! Unique tradition in Ireland

Every country has their own trust and tradition. Like a tradition or belief that throwing coins into fountains or wells can bring good luck. Not only that, there is also a tradition throwing nuts called Setsubun that’s mean scare crime to welcome luck. In the same case, Ireland has a unique tradition that is kiss the stone in the north of this country named ‘Blarney Stone’.

First, what is Blarney? Blarney is the name of castle that famous in Emerald Isle, one of city in the Ireland. This is one of the old buliding that very crowded by people at globe. Why? The tourists who visited the castle not only to see the history of castle and admiring it. But, there is a ritual unique often do. Because at the top of this castle there was a stone that believed by Irish. They came to the castle and then kissed the stone that is believed to be granting the desire or wishes.

So, Have you ever hear about Blarney Stone? The famous stone that made from the same rock. The located of the stone is at the top of Blarney tower. It’s around 8 kilometres from the centre of the city of Cork and 263 kilometres of Dublin, the capital of Ireland. The stone is wedged right into the walls of an old medieval fortress, Blarney Castle. It was built 500 years ago in 1446 by Dermot McCharty, the king of Munster kingdom from Cork. The interior of the castle lies in ruin. But the walls stand firm to allow visitors climb to the battlements in search of the stone. Moreover, the castle has not been renovated. It adds to the ancient mysticism of the site.

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There are many legends about the tradition kissing the stone was were at the top of tower. There were told that the stone was taken from the war in this palace. There were also consider this stone as part of Stonehenge in English, and there were another legend said that the stone comes from the local rocks in the south of Ireland who was 330 million years. Stone named Blarney has the meaning of “clever persuade” or “nonsense”.

Blarney is a word to describe the gift of the gab, while the Stone of Eloquence does not bestow mere baloney or waffling speech. According to the legend, anyone who kiss the stone is will be given a gift of speaking skill or flatter and grant the request of the kisser. According to John O’Connor Power, “Blarney is something more than mere flattery. It is flattery sweetened by humor and flavored by wit. Those who mix with Irish folk have many examples of it in their everyday experience”.

Kissing the Blarney stone first became popular in the 1800’s. For over two centuries visitors have sought out this stone in search of storytelling prowess, or as the Irish like to say the gift of the gab. It is not uncommon to hear an Irish person. They believe that anyone who puckers up and lands a smooch on this famous piece of bluestone rock will be bestowed with the gift of eloquence.

The process of kissing the stone is not as simple as it sounds. First, The ‘kisser’ must get to the top of the castle on the parapet then lean back over the edge. Usually with the aid of helper, the kisser must lie on their back and then twist their spine and neck into extreme extension, then pucker those lips, to land a smooch bang smack right in the middle of the stone.

Source : https://www.valleynewslive.com/content/news/Shades-of-Ireland-Tour-stops-to-kiss-Blarney-Stone-563204091.html

In addition, beware if the kisser don’t have a head for heights. They can even see the ground, over 100 feet below, as they lean backwards. One that we know, it’s not quite as easy as it seems.

Moreover, to make the kisser easy to kiss the stone. There are a well trained and well practiced attendant helps all hopeful kissers to contort their spines into the requisite position, and luckily an iron railing has been placed to prevent any mishaps. It’s aim to not happen the case like years ago, and would-be kissers have succumbed to gravity, falling to their deaths in pursuit of eloquence.

Kissing the Blarney stone is very popular in ireland, either rich and poor, young and old, famous and not-so-famous people. Not only Irish but all people from other countries. It is estimated that the ritual has been performed by millions of people from the world over, including writers, authors, actors, poets, and musicians.

Source : https://inspiringtravellers.com/kissing-blarney-stone/

Every year there are about 400 thousand tourists came to the Castle Blarney to kiss the stone. It’s amazing right?


So, do you interest to kiss the Blarney stone?

Ireland! Horse Racing on the Beach

Hello guys, my blog today is about horse racing. I think all of you know about horse racing and certainly it was there in your country.

So, have you seen horse racing? Certainly often, either directly or through electronic media like television, handpone, etc. However, you rarely found a tradition horse racing that taking place on the beach.

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Horse racing in Ireland is huge and in many ways, people see it as one of the main countries for horse racing around the world. Not only that, horse racing Ireland are responsible for the Thoroughbred sector. Irish’s mission statement is “to develop and promote Ireland as a centre of excellence for horse racing and breeding”.

Ireland is regarded as a world leader in the thoroughbred racing industry. This is reflected in the numbers of international owners who send their horses to be bred and trained here. There are total population of around 124,000 horses in Ireland (UCD, 2012).

This is one of the unique culture or tradition of Irish people in the coastal of the atlantic west of Ireland. “Tradition is more than anything, a traditon is very important for Irish”, said Donal O’sullivan, a man aged 70 years old which was one of the volunteers that help setting up the beach. The volunteers are setting up a variety of the needs of the race like cleaning seaweed, preparing the tannoy and put beams races for the horse and the racer later.

Ireland is seen by many people as a “Horse nation”. Horse racing is related with culture and community of Ireland. Moreover, racing is one of most popular sport in Ireland. According to them, horse racing is an ancient sport. But it still exist and develop in Ireland.

Horse racing in Ireland is more popular or known as “Laytown Racecourse”. Laytown racecourse is a horse racing venue on the beach at Laytown, County Meath, Ireland. The first recorded first meeting in Laytown was in 1868. The race take place on the strand for one day every September. And Laytown strand races have been existence for over 150 years.

Moreover the arena of horse racing that most unique, Laytown Races are on the beach Ireland. Laytown races occupies the position of the unique arena on the calendar racing Ireland and English. Not only that, horse racing in this arenas decorated with an amazing view of the sea.

In addition the beautiful view of the sea that interesting and attracting. The beach also supported, the sand is regarded as fairly quick and you hear the rattle of hooves as horses let themselves down on the surface. The kickback here doesn’t tend to be too bad as the sand is usually good and solid not long after the tide has receded.

Almost every years since 1868 there’s been something a bit different on the racecard on September, Laytown. For just a few hour every year, a stracth of sand on the Irish coast transforms for perhaps the most unique event in the horse racing calendar. Laytown race within twenty six miles from the country’s capital Dublin. It is the only official beach race in Europe.

Standing for 150 years, Laytown race tradition is unsurprisingly popular and succedd attract more than 5000 regular visitors every year. It can’t be imagined, when a horse racing is very crowded with any people by all of the worlds. In fact, it can’t be denied if the horse racing in Ireland is very popular.

Source : https://edition.cnn.com/2018/09/21/sport/laytown-races-beach-horse-racing-spt-intl/index.html

Moreover, horse race attendance is one of strong contributor to tourism, with approximately 80.000 people travelling to Ireland anually to attend the horse racing in Ireland. According to HRI figures published in July, the average attendance for a fixture in Ireland was 3,346 in the first six months of 2019.

When the Laytown race first began on 1868, the race were run on the beach on conjunction with the Boyne Regatta. It’s thought that the rowing competition was held at high-tide and the racing at low-tide.

The former U-shaped track, which the racing was run at distances between five furlongs and two miles with U-shaped turn at Bettystown where the horses made a sweeping return before heading back to the Laytown finish.

Many of Ireland’s champion jockeys have ridden winners at the Laytown Races, including Ruby Walsh, Colin Keane, Pat Smullen, Joseph O’Brien and Declan McDonogh.

So, from that explanation. What do you think guys? Do you want to see the horse racing in Ireland? I think you should enjoy this one. Life’s a beach, and then you bet on one… if you’re at Laytown anyway!

Ireland’s Traditional Music

In addition to storytelling tradition that I have explain in my blog last week. So, I have one that also amazing in this country, Ireland. This country famous by its music and dancing that very interesting. But, in this blog I just want to explain about music in Ireland.

Ireland is a country that has alcuturation culture that very prominent. It can be seen from the arts which is get influence from North America, Scothland and UK. Although like that, Ireland has their own special traditional instrument which be an identity for this country.

Ireland is a land where music is part of life. Music is a huge part of Irish cultural fabric, from an early age music was a central part of their life. Moreover, traditional music was very much part of the core of the island, also this country. Music has been an integral to Irish culture for centuries.

Source : https://journalofmusic.com/listing/02-03-18/blas-international-summer-school-irish-traditional-music-and-dance

Maybe you think, why is Irish music important for their culture? For a small island, the people of Ireland sure are a musical bunch. In fact, they claim a traditional musical that might well be Irish heritage from their ancestor. Irish songs tell a story through song making them even more appealing to listeners.

Music be an identic thing for Irish. We can see music performance in all areas in Ireland. Especially in pub or bar. They will drink beer and whiskey and enjoy the music too.

Source : https://www.ireland.com/en-gb/ireland-stories/traditional-culture/articles/trad-music-pubs/

Irish traditional music or also known as Irish trad. Music plays are large part of Ireland’s culture and have done for many years. It’s not just about Irish traditional music but its also folk music, rock music, punk music and other genres of music. And it has been around centuries.

Ireland is known throughout the world for Irish traditional music sessions, Riverdance first performed at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994 becoming a global phenomenon, and U2 are the biggest rock band in the world.

The traditional music is learning to the new or young generation from an early age. It introduced by parents and environment. The traditional music was also complemented by dedicated primary school teacher who taught young generation about traditional Irish set dancing.

Source : https://www.enjoy-irish-culture.com/Irish-Music.html

In ireland, always there is a music festival every year. As Spring is in full bloom and the sweet temptation of Summer is in the air, the season for music festivals has begun. Not only Irish people that can enjoy it but all people in the world can enjoy the festival. This festival always crowded by people from all region either the music lovers or not.

The indigenous music of the island is termed Irish traditional music. It has remained vibrant through the 20th and into the 21st century, despite globalising cultural forces. Irish traditional music includes many kinds of songs, including drinking songs, ballads and laments, sung unaccompanied or with accompaniment by varieties of instruments.

Moreover, Irish traditional music use traditional instruments too. Which is be an attraction for every people. With use traditional instruments such as the Harp or the bodhrán being played the unique music is created. Traditional Irish music is played by some varieties of instruments such as the Bodhran (Irish drum), the Fiddle, the Flute, the Tin Whistle and Uilleann Pipes and guitar among others.

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So, here I will explain a little bit about the traditional instrument that used by Irish musician.

“The Harp”
The Harp is strongly linked with Irish symbolism and traditions. It was the most popular instrument in ancient times and harpists were employed to play for chieftains and to create music for nobles. As it was strongly symbolic in Irish culture it was not always a popular instrument.

“The Bodhrán”
The bodhrán is a circular Irish frame drum, the heartbeat of any good traditional sesúin (music session). This drum is believed to have been used in war time, its loud sound is supposed to awaken the spirits and heighten the emotion before a battle. It made from goats skin and played with a ‘tipper’ or ‘beater’ made from animal bone, it is also believed to have been used as a skin tray for collecting turf and grains.

“Uileann Pipes”
The word Uileann is the Gaelic translation of the word elbow. And these pipes get their name from the fact that they are played with the elbow.

“The Irish Fiddle”
The fiddle is an integral part to any good traditional Irish music sesin. It is identical to the violin but played in a number of different styles. The fiddle thrived in rural Ireland due to its low cost and the fact it was relatively easy to learn.

“The Flute”
This is another instrument that you may see whilst tapping your foot at a good session of ceoil. A development of an English Instrument the Irish flute is a simple system transverse flute which is made of wood and plays in a major scale.

Yes, we have already know about the instruments that use in Ireland’s music. Do you want to try one of them? Or, do you want to enjoy the music in Ireland?

Ireland! Storytelling as a tradition

Ireland is a country which has the unique identity and rich history tradition. Its be appeal that specific and special from this country. If you have tour or study in Ireland, you will find the unique traditions of Irish that you don’t know before. It is a tradition of story telling legend or folk lore by Irish that very interesting.

Ireland has one of the richest folklore traditions in the world. The tradition of storytelling is almost as ancient as Ireland itself.

Traditions of storytelling in Ireland has been around since the beginning of time, providing some of the richest mythology and legends in all of Western Europe. Many tales or legends were passes from generation to generation, so were the way to telling legends to new generation in the event and festival also.

Moreover, Ireland known as a nation story teller. The word ‘folklore’ has a deep meaning for Irish. It is also one of the words that has ideologis meaning in the country.

Source : https://allgoodtales.com/storytelling-traditions-across-world-ireland/

There is a festival that always continued every year, and its always crowded with people. Not only Irish, but also people from other countries. The festival more popular with name ‘storytelling festival’. Where is the festival took place in the Cape Clear Island, Co Cork, on spetember. This festival celebrates the art of folklore and managed to lure the Ireland’s practioners and international guests.

Source : https://irishholidayhomes.wordpress.com/2010/09/03/cape-clear-international-storytelling-festival/

There are some of Irish myths and legends have become famous figures around the world. Moreover, there is one of legend of Ireland about the beautiful princess named Ondine, and its be a movie with title ‘Ondine’.

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Here are some of the most famous Irish Myths and Legends that you should know:

“The Children of Lir”
The Children of Lir is a famous legend from the Irish Mythological Cycle. It is a very old Irish myth that goes back to the ancient tribes of Ireland. This is a sad tale about the love of one family, jealousy, magical spells and a curse of 900 years. It has also been considered as the inspiration behind the world famous ballet Swan Lake.

“Finn MacCool”
Finn Mac Cool is one of the most famous Irish legends in the mythological giant. It has long been connected to the ‘Giant’s Causeway‘ along the north coast of Ireland. Irish legend states that a Scottish giant called Benandonner ripped up the causeway so he wouldn’t have to fight the fierce Finn MacCool. So for many centuries, this legend has its reason why the Giant’s Causeway exists but of course we know there is an actual geological explanation.

“Leprechauns”
Another Irish tradition of legends is the mythical creatures known as Leprechaun, that has become iconic all around the world. The small mischievous spirit is the most widely known type of fairy suggested to live in Ireland. Irish legends suggest that they love to collect gold, which they would store in a pot and hide at the end of a rainbow.

According to the legend, if you find one of them and you stare at him, the Leprechaun will be trapped, and you will be able to get the treasures he hides in his big cauldrons. But if you look away for a single second, he will disappear. But, If you think you have seen one and you lost it, do not worry, you can get a pot of gold by visiting the casinos that offer deposit bonus anywhere in Ireland.

“The Shamrock”
This curious name in Ireland named the three-leaves of the Shamrock, which became a national symbol based on a historical-religious fact of Ireland. In Irish traditions, The Shamrock has played an important role in one of Ireland historic cultures. The ‘Druids’ believed that the Shamrock was a very sacred plant that could chase away evil. The Celtic culture also believed that three was also a sacred number. Furthermore, Irish Christians believed the Shamrock has a special meaning, according to them its three leaves represented the Holy Trinity.

“Faeries”
Throughout much of myth all around the world, faeries have always been heavily featured but they do hold an important meaning to the Irish. There is a fairy society in Ireland that even to this day still exists. There is one of the most famous legends about fairies is that referring to the “Lady of Death”, a fairy that appears during the night with hair loose and red eyes. It is said that she arrives at the home of a family to mourn for several days the death that will fall on one of its family members.

So, from that. We know that Ireland is a rich country with its folklore and legends. And each legend has meaning for Irish that they believed. Moreover, the myths and legends from Ireland are very famous in the world, and some of them be movies. And there are also many famous poet from Ireland.

So, do you want to make storytelling as tradition in your country?

The Best Authentic Irish Cuisine

Hello guys, I have to continued my blog before which is about eating culture of Irish. As we know, Ireland is a country that famous for it’s beer and whiskey, but what good is drink if you’ve nothing to eat with it? Ireland also rich with it’s culinary. Ireland has many great traditional dishes that uses traditional ingredients but presented in modern way. Although Ireland known as country that consume most potatoes, but only some of them involve potatoes.

Using local products and traditional cooking techniques by Irish. The good, hearty, and filling dishes provide an authentic taste of Ireland cuisine. So, here. I will explain some of famous foods of Ireland.

“The Full Irish Breakfast”
You’ve probably heard about the full English, but Ireland also has their own breakfast classic called ‘the full Irish breakfast’. Like a motto say ‘eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper’. It is mean that wise to start the day with a large cooked breakfast and it’s applied to the traditional full Irish breakfast. A large cooked breakfast consists of meat, bacon, sausage, eggs, black and white pudding, fried tomatoes, baked beans and soda bread. It is a meal that was traditionally concocted to prepare one for full days and it’s also will fill you up and enable you to have the energy to start the happy day.

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“Irish Stew”
As we know from the name Irish stew, it’s a dish made by Irish. It is typically made up of lamb or mutton and root vegetables like potato, carrot, unions, amd parsley. Stewing found its way to Ireland in the 7th century. This is one of traditional Irish food classics that really can’t be beaten.

Source : https://www.yeprecipes.com/img-irish-lamb-stew-999.htm

“Coddle”
It’s name comes from ‘coddling’ or ‘simmering’. It is the favorite food of Dublin and sometimes referred to as Dublin coddle. It is a traditional Irish dish that consists of meaty leftovers, chunks of pork sausage, thinly sliced bacon, potatoes, and unions. It’s usually seasoned with salt, pepper, and a bit of parsley. The dish was traditionally eaten during the winter and on thursday, the night before Chatolics abstained from meat on friday. But, as my blog before. Irish prefer to choose fish rather than meat.

Source : https://www.31daily.com/dublin-coddle-perfect-st-patricks-day-chilly-days/

“Boxty”
A boxty is a uniqely Irish type of pancake. The boxty is a mixture of finely greated raw potato and mashed potato, flour, baking soda, and buttermilk which is fried on a griddle. It’s even mentioned in an old Irish rhyme : ‘boxty on the griddle, boxty on the pan; if you can’t make boxty, you’ll never get a man’. Besides that, boxty is a cheap and filling dish commonly eaten by the poor in Ireland, popular with name ‘Irish aran bocht ti’, meaning poor house bread. But now, boxty is very popular for all circle, it can be found on the menu of restaurants which it is traditionally associated.

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“Colcannon”
Maybe you have heard of this one, even if you’re not sure what is actually is. Colcannon is creamy mashed potatoes with cabbage. The fact that colcannon has a song written about it tells you all need to know. Long before kale become known as a superfood. Irish people have been mashing it into bowls along with milk, butter and scallions. It has to be creamy, not crumbly.

Source : https://www.retrobite.com/traditional-irish-colcannon-recipe/

“Champ”
Champ is one of popular dish with mashed potatoes. It’s made with potatoes, milk, butter, and scallions. It is simple and cheap to make. In some areas the dish is also called ‘poundies’. Champ is similar to another Irish dish, colcannon. But champ is popular in Northern Ireland while colcannon is more popular in Southern Ireland.

Source : https://propelsteps.wordpress.com/2013/12/19/know-top-50-delicious-food-in-the-world/ireland-irish-champ-recipe-poundies-recipe/

“Barm Brack”
Bairin breac or more popular with name Barm brack. This is the dish of Halloween tradition. It’s one of the center of Irish Halloween custom. Barm brack is a type of sweet Irish quick bread which made with raisins and sultanas and usually served with tea. Seeing as it’s a Halloween food, you should have a few tricks to eat it. Because it contained various objects baked into the bread, not only the raisins in there. So, be careful when you bite in.

Source : https://recipes.sainsburys.co.uk/recipes/baking/barm-brack

In the barm brack were a pea, a stick, a peace of cloth, a small coin and a ring. Each item have a meaning to the person concerned. If you find a pea, you won’t be geeting merried this year. If you find a stick, you would have an unhappy marriage ot continually be in disputes. If you find a cloth or rag, you would have bad luck or be poor or lose all your money. If you find a coin, you’re going to become a rich. And if you find a ring, it’s mean that you will be geeting merried within the year. Irish be carefull when they take a slice of Barm brack. Although, this tradition is not widely continued in the present day.

So, there you have it. If you are planning to visiting Ireland, you need to try some of these traditional foods. Which have authentic and special taste.

So what’s your favorite Irish food?

Eating Culture – Dining Etiquette of Irish

In addition to the drinking culture in Ireland, there is ine another diversity of ireland culture also be seen from the culinary. Which is in Ireland there are special traditional culinaries and modern that become important accents in the culture of it’s country. As well as other northen Etropean countries, Ireland also a country that famous for it’s cuisine or culinary which has amazing tasty, not only the taste, but Irish traditional foods are good for health because it uses traditional ingredients.

In it’s culinary, Irish people eat a lot of vension, but now they consume more lamb, beef, and pork and poultry also. While from vegeetables and fruit, they prefer to consume nuts and berries that grows on the mainland of Ireland. Although, Ireland known for consume must potaoes as their staple foods, the reality the restaurants many served menu that only not about potatoes, but also local product like vegetables, seafood, fruits, dairy and meats.

There are almost twenty foods of Ireland as traditional foods in it’s country. They are the full Irish breakfast, Irish stew, chicken fillet roll, bacon and cabbage, brown bread, colcannon, boxty, barm brack, coodle, champ, black and white pudding, Irish soda bread, and other.

Source : https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_cuisine

Irish eating habits have changed of the early 17th century, which introduced by the agriculture. Much of Irish cuisine was being revived be modern Irish cuisine but still uses traditional ingredients and presented in more modern artistic style. From its changes, there are differences between Urban and Rural communities in eating. Breakfast usually eaten before 9 a.m, as most of rural Irish off to work but until noon in Urban areas. While lunch, Urban eat lunch between 12.30 p.m and 02.00 p.m. The main meal of the day for Urbanities is drink tea and usually eaten around 06.30 p.m. While Rural communities eat at the same time but with more traditional tea of bread, cold cuts and tea. Rural communities enjoyed snack of tea and toast or sandwich before bed, though Urbanities increasingly eschew it or not eat them for health reasons.

Irish people doesn’t have restrective etiquette, they prefer friendly formalities about what to do and more relaxed. There are some regulations in dining etiquette. First, all restaurants in Ireland welcome kids up to 7 p.m. But pubs and other restaurants don’t allow them in the evening. Moreover the family restaurants have children’s menu that good for them. Second, returning a dish or changing dish. If the food is not your satisfication or not appropriate with you wanted, it’s better if you explain what’s wrong with the menu politely. Any respectable restaurant will offer to replace or change the dish immediately. Third, if you want to paying the bill for everyone, you will get rejection although you do it some times. You should insist gently but firmly if you want to paying them.

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Another dining etiquette in Ireland also include, dinner should avoid placing elbows on the table when eating, avoid to smoking at the table, or gesticulating wildly with utensils. And loud noises while eating, such as slurping, are generally not acceptable at the dining table. And it is considered polite to finish all foods on your plate. The habit of Irish is also to say cheers before eating, they will say “slainte” to another.

Unlike another country that served dishes on the table with a knife, fork and spoon. Irish people prefer to served directly onto the plate, aimed eat will be more familiar. Although, it was once perceived as a daring, but eating like that more comfortable and can be accepted nowadays. But, different when dinner in restaurant, Irish have dining etiquette like other countries that use knife, fork and possibly spoon. Hold the knife in the right hand and the fork on the left hand.

Source : http://itat-food-magazine.blogspot.com/2017/10/table-manners-and-drinking-habits-in.html?m=1

Moreover, different with other countries like Italy or France where sliced baguettes or rolls are often served in a communal basket. Bread is rarely served as an accompaniment in dining tables in Ireland. Irish people will get the smaller side plate for potatoes peelings. The potato will be lightly secured with the fork and the skin slid away with the blade of knife. The proces of eating should be unobtrustive and deftly accomplished and avoid hacking noisily at the boiled potato with a knife.

As a country that predominantly Roman Catholic, Ireland has preserved a tradition of abstaining from meat – eating on friday and replaced meat with fish that have much proteins rather than meat. According to the Irish Sea Fisheries board, the sales of fresh fish in Ireland account for around thirty percent of weekly sales on friday. Then, since Ireland is abundant in peat as a source of fuel, there is a distinct emphasis on slow – cooked stews and casseroles in it’s country. Stobhach or more pupular Irish stew is the national dish with lamb, carrots, potatoes and union, which is the main dish. While soups are traditional food that eaten first in Ireland.

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So, from the explanation above. We get the point that Ireland is a country that has many cultures of eating. Irish people most consume local product from their country like fish, meat, vegetables, fruits and dairy product. They also have some regulations in retaurants, time to eat, dining tables and dining etiquette.