Travelling to Ireland introduces tourists to art and culture, including many holidays held throughout the year. No matter the season, one can expect to take part in events, celebrated with music and enthusiasm. In the winter, Christmas is a festive celebration, with family, decorations, and traditions.
In Ireland, the Christmas season begins on December 8th, bringing in one of the country’s most popular holidays. People travel back to Ireland to celebrate the holiday with friends and family. Shoppers are busy picking up everything that’s needed to make the day perfect. Clean homes are a must. Family member work together to put everything in order, including decorations.
Recognised for kissing, some believe mistletoe is a peace symbol. The decorators hang mistletoe and holly inside, and they also decorate the outside of the house. Much like other countries that celebrate Christmas, neighbours will compete with one another to see who can make the best decorations. Often, the ambiance will light up entire neighbourhoods. The holiday inspires participants to express the sentiments of the season, such as love and charity.
As most Irish are Catholic, religion plays a vital role in the holiday celebration. Most attend mass on Christmas Eve. That night, families gather around the table for dinner. By the time Christmas morning comes around, some young and old are jumping into the chilly waters, along the coastline. It’s a tradition to take a Christmas Day swim. Families and friends eat Christmas dinner in the afternoon. It’s a magnificent meal of turkey or goose, stuffing, and other sides. There are also desserts, such as cookies.
The celebrating doesn’t stop on Christmas Day. The Irish continue celebrating past New Year’s Day. In Ireland, January 6th is the last day of Christmas. The men take down decorations, cook meals, and perform household chores. The women rest, until it’s time to start celebrating again in just 11 short months.