The Halloween Superstition says the Samhain Bonfire is an Irish tradition to encourage dreams of who your future husband or wife is going to be. The idea was to drop a cutting of your hair into the burning embers and then dream of your future loved one. During the festival, in addition to lighting Samhain bonfires, Celts wore costumes made of animal heads and skins.
Monthly Archives: October 2015
- Oct 15 2015In Ireland there are fairies, good natured and there are FAIRIES. If you’ve ever traveled at night on the winding Irish back roads in the countryside of Ireland you would know it is a kind of eerie darkness that puts fear in your very heart. One can easily imagine something moving over the moors or hearing the forlorn screech of a dammed fairy.
The image that comes to most people's minds when they hear the word "banshee" is that of a floating ghostly figure that wails and is in general quite terrifying. You might also be familiar with the age-old concept that banshees are considered to be portents of impending death. The whole account of the Banshee may be found here. Discover the eerie legend of the Banshee and her spine-chilling cry. Learn about the origins and folklore surrounding this mysterious Irish myth. Explore the history and significance of the Banshee in Irish culture and folklore. Read on to uncover the secrets of the Banshee's scream.
- Oct 11 2015There are many Irish Halloween traditions in Ireland. One of my favorites is barmbrack. Barmbrack is at the very core of the Irish Halloween traditions. The Halloween Brack, much like Christmas pudding traditionally contained various objects baked into the sweet bread.
Colcannon is one of my favorite Irish recipes made of potatoes, and cabbage. I make mine with let overs. It is associated with Saint Patrick's Day, but the truth is colcannon is actually traditionally served on Halloween nights. The cook sometimes hides little trinkets or talismans in the mash, each representing fortune, poverty, or perhaps the chance of a future marriage.