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Feasts & Festivals

aka Féis agus Fleadh (say that fesh ahgus flah) these are more than parties but celebrations aiming for epic scale with mighty cráic. See also the fun subcategory of céildhs.

Body, Mind, and Spirit star
Ireland is often called a "magical" place. However you define it, there´s more to Ireland than meets the eye. Reach out and be touched.

Christmas Around the World star
Christmas traditions and customs from around the globe

Christmas Day in Ireland star
Christmas Day is one of the most special days in the Irish calendar. It´s a family day, a holy day, and a day for loving enjoyment.

Christmas in Ireland star
An Irish Christmas is both holy day and holiday. It's a warm, friendly season that lasts from Advent 'til Little Christmas.

Irish Halloween, Samhain star
Halloween is one of those holidays that has deep roots. It goes back and back, and while the name may change, it´s meaning remains the same.

Mothers' Day an Irish High Holiday star
Remember Mother's Day and celebrate yours and all the mothers in your life!

Saint Patrick' Day Party star
There's no time like St. Patrick's Day for a really good party. There's an end to the long dreary winter and everyone is ready for a bit of light-hearted fun. There's no place like an Irish place to spend March 17.

St. Patrick's Day star
St. Patrick's Day is a welcome break in Lenten abstinence. This national holiday is also a Roman Catholic holy day of obligation. So before the merry making there is prayer.

St. Patrick's Day Parades star
Though there's much brouhaha over New York's Paddy's Day Parade, a marvel the world over to be sure, the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin touches "a Yank" deep to the core.

St. Patrick, Shamrocks, and Irish Tenors star
On St. Patrick, shamrocks, and a great Irish tenor, John McCormack.

St. Valentine’s Relic in Ireland star
St. Valentine is the patron saint of lovers. His relic in the Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church in Dublin is a draw to the romantically inclined every February 14th.

Summer Starts with Bealtaine star
What was originally a pre-Christian agricultural and fertility festival, Bealtaine is the Irish name for the month of May, kicking off the flurry of summer festivals and events calendar. Bealtaine celebrates creativity now especially for the over-50s in the population.

Understanding the Celtic Calendar star
The Celtic calendar, or Wheel of the Year as it is sometimes called, is also reflected in modern Irish culture. The old Cross Quarter Days still give their Irish names to the months of February, May, August and November.

Waterford Crystal Ball “Hope for Fellowship” star
Waterford´s famous crystal and New York´s Times square share New Year´s Eve in the U.S. "Hope for Fellowship" is the theme for 2006. Please God.

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