Samhain at Ballyhugh

Celebrate the ancient Celtic festival of the Autumn Harvest, or Samhain, at Ballyhugh House, Cultural Centre, Ballyconnell with a Countryhouse Dance on Wednesday, October 31 at 9.30pm.

Celebrate the ancient Celtic festival of the Autumn Harvest, or Samhain, at Ballyhugh House, Cultural Centre, Ballyconnell with a Countryhouse Dance on Wednesday, October 31 at 9.30pm.

Music by Country Sensations from Donegal. A lively night of music, song and dance with a traditional supper of homemade harvest breads and cakes to mark the end of harvest and the beginning of winter.

In ancient Ireland, Samhain – now known as Halloween – was the main Celtic festival of the year. In prehistoric Cavan Samhain was much associated with Derryragh Hill Fort and the Celtic sun god Crom Cruach. Located just outside Ballyconnell the site dates from about 200 BC to 400 AD and was one of the most important Celtic religious sites in Ireland, containing a shrine to Crom Cruach.

At Tara, a royal gathering and gala were held for three days in celebration of Samhain. The gathering began with a huge bonfire being lit on Tara Hill as a beacon to signal to others on top of hills all around Ireland to light their ritual bonfires at the beginning of the festivities. Bonfires have been associated with Samhain and midsummer from early times as a cleansing ritual. A person would walk with his cattle between two bonfires to cleanse them, while the bones of slaughtered cattle would be tossed into the fire and the ashes scattered.

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