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Looking for the roots of Halloween in Irelandís Boyne Valley

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« Reply #15 on: October 19, 2016, 01:24:28 am »

ďAs the Celtic New Year began with Samhain, there is a correlation between the year starting with winter, with the sun near its lowest point, and working toward light and longer days as the year continues,Ē says Kelly. ďAs we know, the Celts were obsessed with the sun. It wouldnít surprise us at all that if an actual entrance were discovered at the Hill of Ward, it would be solar-aligned to an autumn solstice sun, similar to what we see at Newgrange.Ē


The most recent revival of Samhain celebrations at the Hill of Ward began 19 years ago. The festivities have been gaining in popularity and demonstrate that, for varying reasons, the Hill of Ward is one of those sites that seems to lend itself to contemplation of the landscape and to the celebrations that have long been a part of human culture.


ďIt is a fascinating site to visit and reveals the types of rituals and ceremonies that have been held here over the centuries, and how they may have changed along the way,Ē says Davis. ďThis smaller hill has managed to influence one of our most beloved holidays, not only in Ireland, but around the world.Ē


Erin Mullally is a freelance writer based in Dublin.

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