Celebrating Irish Festivals: Calendar of Seasonal Celebrations

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Celebrating festivals with children brings a sense of rhythm, belonging and meaning to the seasons.

Reaching back to the ancient Celtic festivals of Ireland and to Celtic Christianity, Ruth Marshall shows how marking festivals offers food for the soul. If you are interested in Irish traditions, or need a family or school resource, then here is an entrancing calendar of festivals that children will cherish.

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Overview

Celebrating festivals with children brings a sense of rhythm, belonging and meaning to the seasons.

Reaching back to the ancient Celtic festivals of Ireland and to Celtic Christianity, Ruth Marshall shows how marking festivals offers food for the soul. If you are interested in Irish traditions, or need a family or school resource, then here is an entrancing calendar of festivals that children will cherish.

This is a rich treasury of stories, beautiful illustrations, poems, traditions, food, activities, games, dances and songs with

  • New ways and inspiring ideas for engaging children
  • A fascinating, festive guide to Imbolc, Bealtaine, Lughnasadh and Samhain
  • Church holy days, agricultural festivals and Celtic Saints' Days
  • Recipes, crafts, games and activities with easy-to-follow instructions.

About the authors:
Ruth Marshall is a folklore collector, singer, mother and poet. She has celebrated Celtic festivals for 30 years.

Judith Evans, the illustrator of this book, is an artist and puppeteer. They both live in County Clare, meeting at Raheen Wood Rudolf Steiner School.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781903458235
  • Publisher: Hawthorn Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Series: Festivals Series
  • Edition description: Illustrate
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface v
Acknowledgements vi
Foreword vii
Why Celebrate Festivals? ix
Introduction xi
A Little Myth and History 1
The Year's Turning--The Wheel of the Celtic Year 9
Autumn to Winter
Samhain 13
Hallowe'en, 31 October 14
All Saints' Day, 1 November 28
All Souls' Day, 2 November 28
Martinmas, 11 November 32
Advent 34
Winter solstice, 20-22 December 47
Christmas Eve, 24 December 52
Christmas Day, 25 December 54
St Stephen's Day, 26 December 62
New Year's Eve, 31 December 68
Nollaig Na mBan, 6 January 70
Winter to Spring
Imbolc 75
St Brigit's Day, 31 January--1 February 76
Candlemas, 2 February 89
St Valentine's Day, 14 February 94
Shrove Tuesday 96
Lent 98
St Patrick's Day, 17 March 104
Mothering Sunday 110
Palm Sunday 113
Easter 115
Good Friday 116
Easter Sunday 118
April Fool's Day, 1 April 126
Summer months
Bealtaine 127
May Day, 1 May 128
Whitsun 148
Summer solstice, 21-23 June 150
Midsummer Day or St John's Day, 24 June 150
12 July 165
Summer to Autumn
Lughnasadh 169
Fraughan Sunday 170
Harvest 184
Michaelmas, 29 September 188
Curiosities and Cures 195
Farewell 197
Appendix 1 A well-stocked crafts box 199
Appendix 2 Appropriate ages for games and activities 200
Bibliography and further reading 203
About the author and illustrator 204
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