From an Irish Tourism podcast about an ancient Celtic festival

From an Irish Tourism podcast about an ancient Celtic festival

Rome, 30 October (Adnkronos / Labitalia) – In Irish traditions, Halloween, or Samhain, the ancient Celtic pagan festival celebrated between October 31 and November 1, marked the end of the harvest season, and therefore symbolically of the year. That’s why Samhain is known as the Celtic New Year: a time of great celebration, historically involving bonfires, feasts with freshly harvested farm produce, music, gatherings and stories. To retrace this exciting and fascinating journey through deep Irish traditions, Irish Tourism has promoted a podcast dedicated to Halloween.

Through the words of Riccardo Michelucci, a Radio Voice journalist who is a huge fan of Ireland and has traveled the length and breadth of Irish territory, the podcast tells how this tradition was born, how it is celebrated in Ireland and why. Now it has become an anniversary that is celebrated all over the world.

The entire ‘Stories of Ireland’ series can be heard on the Spotify platform and on all major platforms. Eight episodes accompany the listener in the discovery, emotion and knowledge of the places, characters, traditions and many curiosities of this land rich in charm and culture.

“Halloween, as everyone should know by now, is Irish, not American: it’s an ancient Celtic festival that celebrated the Celtic New Year, so it’s like going back to basics on Halloween night. Among the many festivals celebrated these days, activities for adults and children, shows, parades, and mystical effects come alive to recreate the spirit of Halloween. and reaching castles in between, so Ireland is definitely a destination to visit at this time of year, says Marcella Ercolini, Director of Irish Tourism in Italy.

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Among the most important events in Ireland these days, Derry-Londonderry in Northern Ireland celebrates Europe’s largest Halloween festival; In addition to the events on the night of Dublin, October 31st, fans of ‘Dracula’ will happily invade the Bram Stoker Festival (October 28-31), which pays special tribute to the 125th anniversary of ‘Dracula’. A famous novel. In Ireland’s ancient east, the Boyne Valley is home to important sites of Celtic history and culture, with the traditional Pucca Festival (October 28-31) in fine form.

Further south, everything is ready in Kinsale – the best center of Irish gastronomy, famous for its seafood restaurants, lively harbor and small and colorful old town – for the Halloween parade 2022, awards for masks.

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