During my time spent in Ireland I learned Irish are full of traditions. One of them is definitely Halloween. Although, many think that Halloween comes from Northen America because of their long tradition to celebrate the holiday. The truth is that, Halloween’s origins come from ancient Celtic harvest festivals, particularly the Gaelic (today’s Ireland) festival Samhain: that such festivals may have had pagan roots and that Samhain itself was Christianized as Halloween by the early Church.
The word Halloween or Hallowe’en dates to about 1745 and is of Christian origin. The word “Hallowe’en” means “Saints’evening”. It comes from a Scottish term for All Hallows’ Eve (the evening before All Hallows’ Day). In Scots, the word “eve” is even, and this is contracted to e’en or een. Over time, (All) Hallow(s) E (v)en evolved into Hallowe’en. Although the phrase “All Hallows'” is found in Old English “All Hallows’ Eve” is itself not seen until 1556.
Main Halloween’s activities are trick-or-trick, attending Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbling, divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories, and so on. However, many people don’t know about the Halloween Parade. In Ireland Galway, the Halloween Parade is big spectacle.
The last year parade was called ‘Out of the Wild Sky’ the 2018 Macnas parade traversed through the streets of Galway at 5.30 on Sunday October 28th. Beginning at its home on the Nui Galway campus, it is the largest free event in Ireland for Halloween with over 54,000 people lining the streets every year to be awed and amazed by this epic scale of storytelling. The last year story celebrated the act of transformation being unreached upon the city. A world that is hypnotic and intoxicated, glittering, mysterious and filled with shadowy and noble things. Between the white fire of the stars and the whispering woods you could hear the breath of small kingdom rising and falling, dreams floating light as moths among the branches of the trees.
The last year parade featured the signature Macnas giant creations and sculptural images, pyrotechnics, bespoke costumes, and epic performances to live and original music.
The 2019 parade celebrates 33rd anniversary this year and it will take place on Sunday 27th October 2019.This year brings together over 70,000 people onto the streets of Galway. The narrative theme of this year parade is ‘Danse Macabre’, which means dance of death and will include signature Macnas giant creations and sculptural images, pyrotechnics, bespoke costumes and epic performances same as the last year.
I highly recommend attending this event. Halloween parade in Ireland is one of the most popular Irish holidays to be celebrated. Also, due to its origins coming from Irish harvest festival, attending the holiday in Ireland Galway is something special and cannot be seen everywhere.