Lúnastal, or Lughansdah

The village where my grandparents lived celebrated Lúnastal with a street carnival and parade each August 1st. There would be corn dolls and masks and headdresses made of braided wheat straw, a king and queen and horses. It was a perfect amalgamation of different celebrations of this quarter day festival. August 1st, or the evening…

Beltane Brightness to you!

May 1st falls midway between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice, it’s a quarter day in the Celtic calendar and is celebrated with the festival of Beltane, however it has other names in different parts of Europe (for example Walpurgis nacht in Germany) and is celebrated in much the same way. It’s seen as a gateway,…

Sheelagh’s Day

Yesterday, March 17th, was St Patrick’s Day, which honours a Christian saint who amongst other things drove the snakes out of Ireland (more on this later). Today, the 18th of March is Sheelagh’s Day: another Irish celebration though shared by other Celtic and North Eastern Atlantic peoples. Sheelagh’s Day, or the Day of the Hag,…