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Here are the top ten articles for the Irish Culture Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. Burning Man Goes Northern Ireland
Burning Man is a famous festival held each year in the Nevada desert. The focal point is burning amazing and elaborate woodend structures and sculptures. But one artist has taken that concept to London/derry, or Stroke City to locals, in Northern Ireland and a peace ritual.
2. Walking in Irish Wonderland
In a Fáilte Ireland survey in 2013, it was discovered that walking and hillwalking are the most popular activities for overseas visitors to Ireland.
3. The Traditional Irish Wake
The rites for honoring the dead and celebrating their life are still very much part of Irish rural culture. Undertakers may bury but the waking of the dead is still very much in the hands of the family of the departed.
4. The Holy Wells of Ireland
The Holy Wells of Ireland are an important part of the island's spiritual heritage from pre-Christian times to the present day. Holy wells were the original cure all for mind, body and spirit.
5. Trees ARE Irish Culture
The first week of March is Irish Tree Week. Irish Culture owes a huge debt to trees. The first Irish alphabet was the ogham or tree alphabet. The Celtic tree calendar followed the seasonal cycle and an ancient Celtic Goddess even married a tree!
6. Irish Life In The 1800's
What was life like in Ireland in the 1800´s for the "ordinary" folk. Here is a brief description.
7. Irish Weddings and Handfasting
Irish weddings and commitment ceremonies have changed with the times. Divorce, civil partnerships, and opening up legal marriage to more religious groups has broken the template for the Irish wedding or handfasting.
8. Irish Assimilation Into American Culture
In the 1800´s the Irish left Ireland in the hundreds of thousands and headed mostly for America. Their assimilation however was anything but easy or pleasant.
9. A Goddess Tour of Ireland
Ireland is often referred to as the 'body of the goddess.' Little wonder then, that many visitors to Ireland are interested in planning a tour with the Goddess as the main feature of the itinerary.
10. As Irish as Potatoes
Potatoes are almost synonymous with Irish culture. But they are a relatively recent dietary innovation. The Irish potato, however, is completely woven into the Irish consciousness as well as the national menu.
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