Oct 31 2019 - Nov 02 2019
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Various Locations, Louth,
3 Breathtaking nights of Music, Food, Light and Spectacle celebrating Ireland as the home of Halloween.
Púca celebrates a time when light turns to dark, the veil between realities draws thin, rules can be broken, and the spirits move between worlds.
Halloween originates in the ancient Irish and Celtic tradition of Samhain which is the old Irish for ‘summer’s end’. Samhain marks the end of the old Celtic Year and the beginning of the New Year. The Celts believed that this was a time of transition, when the veil between our world and the next came down, and the spirits of all who had died since the last Oíche Shamhna (Night of Samhain) moved on to the next life.
Samhain was the last great gathering before winter when clans came together from all over Ireland to celebrate, trade and connect. It was a time for fires, feasting, remembering what had passed, a time of reckoning, rebirth and preparing for the New Year ahead. One of Ireland’s spiritual centres was located on top of the Hill of Tlachtga, now called the Hill of Ward, near Athboy, Co. Meath.
With the coming of Christianity, the festival was incorporated into the Christian calendar as a time of remembrance for the holy souls, so the Samhain festival of the ancestors retained its relevance. The customs of Samhain that didn't fit into Christianity survived as Halloween. Irish immigrants carried the Halloween tradition to North America in the 19th century.
There is now a growing body of archaeological evidence to support some of the customs around these stories and to support Ireland’s claim as the origin of Samhain/Halloween. This festival is being celebrates the authentic origins of Halloween over 3 nights in the counties of Meath and Louth in Ireland.
We welcome all visitors to come together in the ancient landscape to immerse in otherworldly experiences that reclaim the origins of Halloween, and Ireland as its birthplace.‘Púca’, a character from Celtic folklore often associated with Samhain. comes alive at Halloween, changing the fortunes of those that cross it and immersing them in the true spirit of Halloween.