Monthly Archives: October 2017
- On Halloween night children would dress up in scary Halloween costumes and go house to house. Phrases like "Help the Halloween Party" and "Trick or Treat" were the cries to be heard at each door. Halloween beliefs, customs, and costumes migrated with the first wave of Irish and Scottish immigrants that arrived in the United States in the 18th century. These immigrants came from Ireland and Scotland.
- Oct 16 2017
- Oct 16 2017
The puca (Irish for spirit/ghost), pooka, phouka, phooka, phooca, puca or puka is primarily a creature of Celtic folklore. Considered to be bringers of both good and bad fortune, they could either help or hinder rural and marine communities. The Puca can have dark or staunch white fur or hair. The creatures were said to be shape changers that could take the appearance of horses, goats, cats, dogs, and hares. They may also take a human form, which includes various animal features, such as ears or a tail.
- Oct 04 2017Believe it or not, Ireland is the country that gave birth to Halloween, and many of the modern-day practices associated with the holiday are derived from the more than two thousand years of history, culture, and tradition that the Irish has cultivated. Every year on October 31st, people celebrate All Hallows Eve, which has its roots in the Celtic festival Samhain (pronounced "Sow-when" like the word "sound" without the d and you should have it!). Samhain was a celebration honoring the dead.