Republic of Ireland, is a sovereign state in western Europe which occupies around five-sixths of the island of Ireland. It is bordered by Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom on the North East and is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the Celtic Sea to the south, Saint George’s Channel to the south east, and the Irish Sea to the east.
Dublin is the capital and the largest city of Ireland.
Christmas Celebrations in Ireland :
Christianity is the predominant religion in Ireland with over 84 % of population identifying themselves as Roman Catholics and hence Christmas is the largest celebration of the year in Ireland.
In Ireland, the season leading up to Christmas starts with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8. From this day onwards people put up decorations and Christmas trees and start their Christmas shopping.
However the actual celebrations of Christmas start from Christmas Eve and last till the Feast of Epiphany which is celebrated on January 6. Irish people call this period of around 2 weeks as “Little Christmas”
On overall basis, Irish Christmas Celebrations are similar to Christmas celebrations taking place in UK and United States.
In Ireland, the day after Christmas is celebrated as St. Stephen’s Day and on this day Football matches and Horse racing meetings are traditionally held.
Traditional Christmas food in Ireland includes a round cake, full of caraway seeds. Christmas dinner includes a turkey or spiced beef (spiced over several days, cooked, and then pressed).
In Irish (or Gaelic) Christmas is called ‘Nollaig’, Santa Claus is known as ‘San Nioclás’ (Saint Nicholas) or ‘Daidí na Nollag’ (Father Christmas) and Happy or Merry Christmas is called ‘Nollaig Shona Dhuit’
Christmas celebrations are grand in Dublin. Apart from that notable Christmas celebrations also take place in other large cities of Ireland like Cork, Limerick, Galway, Waterford, Drogheda, Dundalk, Swords, Bray, etc.
We wish all readers Merry Christmas 2016 and Happy New Year 2017 !!!