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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. Boxing Day or St. Stephen's?
December 26th is a bank holiday in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, but they are known by different names. Many of the customs surrounding this day have a common theme.
2. Women's Christmas in Ireland
January 6th is the Feast of Epiphany. In Ireland it goes by another name - Nollaig na mBan. Here's how it gets the name of Women's Christmas.
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 Festival of Brigit
The Festival of Brigit on 1st February is the official start of the Irish spring. The snow may still be on the snowdrops but this ancient celebration of Ireland's saint and goddess begins the season of renewal.
5. 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.
6. Irish Life In The 1800's
What was life like in Ireland in the 1800īs for the "ordinary" folk. Here is a brief description.
7. Winter Solstice in Ireland
Winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year. With the low cloud this time of year the days can feel dark indeed. Yet our ancient ancestors celebrated this day as the rebirth of the sun.
8. The Famine in Ireland
The Great Famine that began in 1847 with the failure of the potato crop changed the course of history not just for Ireland, but for the world.
9. Book Review Red Haired Girl From the Bog
I am often asked to recommend books for people who are preparing for a trip to Ireland. This book never fails to make the top five on my list.
10. St. Brigid's Day Recipes
St. Brigid's Day is 1st February. Even if there is frost on the snowdrops, this is the official start to the Celtic Spring. We are six weeks between Christmas and the Spring Equinox. Celebrate brighter days and the earth getting ready to sprout seedlings with my Seed Cake recipe.
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