Irish

Gaelic Seasonal Festivals - New 2017 Exhibit


The Celts viewed time as circular, going from season to season. This exhibit explains the origins and traditions of the seasonal festivals of Gaelic Ireland and how some of these traditions come through to us today.

A festival marked each change of season in the Gaelic calendar. The festival of Samhain (around November 1) marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. Imbolc marked the start of lambing time. Beltane marked the beginning of summer when cattle were let out of winter quarters. Lughnasadh marked the beginning of harvest season.

This revealing exhibit in the Irish Gallery tells of the traditions that accompanied the changes of the season in Gaelic Ireland. Spend some time in this gallery to read up on these traditions.

* Lynell Cannell, EHM Board Vice President, researched this historic Irish Gallery exhibit and is pictured here at Beyer School After School Program. She is telling the story of Irish Shamrocks and other Irish legends to this elementary school group.