It’s Halloween! How will you celebrate? Here are some traditions and translations from around the world.
Halloween in Ireland
Many of our Halloween traditions come from Samhain, the ancient Celtic harvest festival. So, it’s no surprise that Ireland is one of the world’s biggest Halloween hotspots. On 31 October, everyone dresses up in scary costumes and celebrates. Children often go out “guising,” going door-to-door to beg food and candy. This tradition dates back to 16th century Samhain celebrations, but the phrase “trick-or-treat” is a relatively new American import.
One thing sets the Halloween festivities in Ireland apart from the rest of the world: Fireworks, and lots of them. In Northern Ireland, the city of Derry has a street carnival parade that ends in a massive fireworks display. Fireworks are prohibited in the Republic of Ireland, but that doesn’t stop people from setting them off anyway.
Irish Halloween Words
- Trick or Treat: iCleas nó cór or Tabhair féirín dom, nó buailfidh mé bob ort!
- Happy Halloween: Oíche Shamhna Shona Duit
- Skeleton: Creatlach
- Costume: Culaith
- Bonfire: tine cnámha