ACTUALLY IT IS MOST LIKELY THAT THE FESTIVAL ORIGINATED IN IRELAND
This series of images was captured in 2017 and the photographs have been very much processed and modified because the original RAW files were close to unusable.
I receive many requests for information and, excluding questions relating to Leprechauns , the most common question that I receive is “do people in Ireland have Halloween?”. I received such a question yesterday so I decided to ask Google’s BARD AI. Here is the answer that I received:
Yes, people in Ireland celebrate Halloween. In fact, Halloween is thought to have originated in Ireland as the Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celts believed that on the eve of Samhain, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead was weakened, allowing spirits to pass between them. To ward off these spirits, the Celts would light bonfires, wear costumes, and tell stories of the dead.
Today, Halloween is celebrated in Ireland in much the same way as it is in other parts of the world. People dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, and light bonfires. However, there are still some traditional Irish Halloween customs that are still observed, such as:
Eating barmbrack, a traditional Irish fruitcake that is often baked with a small trinket inside. The person who finds the trinket in their slice of barmbrack is said to have good luck for the year ahead.
Telling ghost stories. Ireland has a rich tradition of ghost stories, and Halloween is a time when people gather to tell them.
Going to haunted places. There are many haunted places in Ireland, and Halloween is a popular time to visit them.
Halloween is a fun and festive occasion in Ireland, and it is a great time to experience Irish culture. If you are ever in Ireland on Halloween, be sure to participate in the festivities!
I actually lived in a haunted house.
Macnas is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed performance group based in Galway, Ireland. The company was founded in 1986 by Páraic Breathnach, Tom Conroy, Ollie Jennings, and Pete Sammon. Macnas’s productions are immersive and spectacular, and the group’s repertoire includes parades, theatre shows, installations, film, and performance art. Any site can become a stage for Macnas: city streets, GAA clubs, disused warehouses, bogs, mountains, car parks, and sheds.