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Fun and festivities in Ireland - celebrations, festivals and cultural events

The most famous holiday of Ireland is St. Patrick's Day. It is celebrated every year on March 17 not only in Ireland but all over the world. St. Patrick is the heavenly patron of the country. Officially the day began to be celebrated only from the 18th century. However, the Irish worshiped this saint and held feasts in his honor in the 8-9th century. The main symbol of the holiday is a shamrock. On this day, the streets of Dublin are filled with green scenery, the water in the fountains is tinted in green, and city dwellers wear holiday suits with large green hats. As part of the celebration of St. Patrick's Day, there are musical and creative festivals, performances, competitions, grandiose processions, and parades. The festival ends with mass festivities with the local dark beer, Guinness.
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Irish are descendants of the Celts. Therefore, despite religiousness and adherence to Christianity, some pagan holidays have preserved. One of them is Beltane celebrated on May 1. This holiday symbolizes the beginning of summer. The Celts worshiped the fertility god on this day. The tradition of breeding large fires in the hills, planting a bush of rowan in the garden near the house and decorating it in the manner of the New Year tree has survived to this day. Another amazing neo-pagan festival is celebrated on the day of the autumn equinox. Mabon is associated with harvesting. It was originally dedicated to mother earth. Over time, the holiday became a symbol of everything, which no longer exists. On this day, it is customary to remember the deceased women. Families on the Mabon go out for walks in the forest or for picnics. They collect leaves, branches, which are later used to decorate the house.
Ireland is home to one of the most popular holidays in the world - Halloween. The original Night of Horror was brought from the Irish and Scottish Celts, who believed that the spirits could come down from heaven to see the living one day. There are lots of traditions associated with Halloween. One of the symbols of the holiday is the Jack Lantern that is made of a pumpkin. Such lamps are installed near houses to drive evil spirits away. Children dress up in carnival costumes and go to their neighbors to beg for sweets. The most popular costumes are evil spirits, including zombies, witches, and vampires. According to the legend, children in such clothes will remain unrecognized and will be lost among the real evil. Special activities are arranged on this day. The main purpose is to frighten visitors as much as possible. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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The next day after Halloween comes another Celtic festival, Samhain. Locals cook special horns of dough. As so, they try to appease the god of winter. The day was timed to the end of the harvesting. It was believed that those who break their promises on this day would die. So, the festival was alternatively called the day of the dead. People used to kindle fires and hop through them, believing that it would help to purify the souls and drive away evil spirits. On December 26, after Christmas, local residents celebrate St. Stephen's Day. That's a commemoration of a martyr's death. He was stoned after his refusal to abandon Christianity. Children on this day dress up in the chimney sweep, smear their faces with soot and go to the streets, where they sing different holiday songs. Passers-by and neighbors give them presents and sweets.
In addition to St. Patrick's Day, there are many other fascinating festivals in Ireland; many of them devoted to art. The Irish Language Week is dedicated to the maintenance of interest and language development among the local population, which is increasingly switching to English. Tralee in Kerry County annually hosts the festival of Rosa Tralee. Representatives of Irish diasporas from all over the world come to the city. They perform national songs and ballads, competing with each other. Only people of Irish origin are allowed to participate. However, everyone who wants to become a spectator of this grand celebration of Irish culture can take part. Galway, welcomes an oyster festival for more than 50 years. That's one of the best gastronomic festivals in the world.
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Malahide Castle

From the series “Ireland's Greatest Castles”
Malahide is one of the oldest and most magnificent castles in Ireland. It was built in 1185. Members of the Talbot family were the last owners of the castle. The historic building remained in their private ownership until 1975. A beautiful castle is located in the vicinity of Dublin. It is available to visit today. Usually, the tour begins with a walk through the vast park. It covers an area of 250 acres. An incredibly interesting collection of antiques is kept in the castle. You can see beautiful portraits of its former owners in the Great Hall.

The model railway is considered the most unusual artifact of the castle. It is one of the largest in the world. It is an artful layout with smaller copies of trains from the early 20th century. Models of bridges, trams, and other infrastructure … Read all

Dunguaire Castle

From the series “Ireland's Greatest Castles”
Dunguaire is one of the most famous and popular castles in Ireland. It was built in the 16th century. The castle is located in County Galway. Representatives of the Hynes clan are the founders of this castle. According to historical data, the construction of the fortress was completely completed in 1520. The castle has changed many owners over the years. It was in a rather neglected state by the beginning of the 20th century. It was partially destroyed. The famous poet and Doctor Oliver St. John Gogarty acquired the ancient fortress at this time. It was under his leadership that the complete reconstruction of the building began.

The poet organized various cultural events in his castle. Many famous figures of art and culture visited it during this period. William Butler Yeats, as well as … Read all
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New Year events in Thailand are likely to bring more people this year because everyone is tired of lockdowns and craving normal life. Many tourists, who book hotels in Pattaya, Krabi, or Phuket for the holiday season, also want to participate. As champagne has become an essential drink for New Year celebrations, the question regarding alcohol consumption comes to mind. The government allowed serving alcoholic drinks during the New Year countdown but only open-air cafes and restaurants with good ventilation will be permitted to do this until 1 am on 1 January 2022. This rule is nationwide. Read this

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Attractions and entertainment in top cities of Ireland

Dublin
Travellers who want to escape from city life and relax under the shade of ancient trees are recommended to visit St. Stephen's Green Park. The park is equipped with a special area for picnics and a place for sports entertainment. There are more than fifteen beautiful parks and gardens in the city in total, and Tymon Park is a perfect destination for hiking and biking. Fans of water activities are recommended to visit Dublin Bay Beach that is considered the most popular one in the city. … Read more
Galway
A pleasant surprise is prepared for water entertainment enthusiasts - they have a chance to have fun in modern Leisureland Water Park. It is housed in a large glazed building with panoramic windows and a glass roof. Visitors to the water park can use a huge swimming pool and various slides. There are several playgrounds for the youngest guests as well as a fully equipped gym in a water park. Popular Claude's Casino is in demand among gambling tourists. Besides classical games, it presents … Read more
Killarney
For those who want to devote their leisure time for sports entertainment, we recommend visiting the Ross golf club. It is only a few minutes’ walk from the town center. Both beginners and experienced athletes would enjoy their rest here. Other popular golf center is Beaufort. At the disposal of its visitors there are several high-class fields, rent center and cozy cafes to relax. Killarney also has its riding school - Rocklands Riding School. Beginners will learn to stay in the saddle, and … Read more
Bangor
If you don't feel like heading out of town in search of natural beauty, welcome to Crawfordsburn Park. Located right on the coast, it is ready to surprise visitors with diverse natural landscapes. Here you can enjoy areas covered with old dense forest, mountain rivers and streams, and spacious green lawns by the coast. For the convenience of visitors, comfortable paths with bridges have been laid throughout the park to make it easy to reach all its picturesque areas. The park also provides … Read more

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