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Food:
Irish Food
Irish Food

Food plays a very important role in Irish cultures. Irish foods consist of simple ingredients and are very simple to make. Most Irish foods consist of vegetables, meat and fish. potato soup is a popular dish all over Ireland. It is made of potatoes, onions, chicken broth, celery, cheese and garlic. Many special occasions and holidays are celebrated with large meals for the whole family. The christmas dinner in a typical irish household is the biggest meal made throughout the whole year. Most of the time the Christmas dinner consists of turkey, ham, chicken, stuffing, potatoes, brussels sprouts and all kinds of vegetables.


Holidays:
A Christmas Tree
A Christmas Tree
Saint Patrick
Saint Patrick

Many holidays are celebrated in ireland. Most of these holidays are celebrated all oer the world, but the irish have their own unique traditional ways of celebrating them. For Christmas every household that celebrates the holiday has a large tree in the middle of the home. People buy new clothes to go to christmas Mass in. The Vigil Mass is usually held at midnight and involves every member of the congregation to light a candle to be blessed by a priest. On christmas morning the children all wake up as early as they can to see what is under the tree for them to open. Traditional gifts are small toys, books, clothes, and candy. But the biggest part of Christmas is the huge dinner that they eat after the day is done. St. Patrick's day is also a widely known irish holiday. But contrary to popular belief, no one wears green, drinks green beer, or even really drinks beer at all. the most that people do is pin a bunch of shamrocks to their shirt to symbolize their irish heritage.


Folklore and Myths:
The Irish Leprechaun
The Irish Leprechaun

Irish floklore and myths almost always talk of the Faeries. Faerie is the term used to describe a magical creature. the most commonly known faerie is the little Leprachaun. leprichauns are smart, devious little people that will do anything to ecape captue, even if they have to turn you into a frog, dissapear right before your eyes, or bribe you with 3 wishes or a piece of his magical gold. Another faerie that is well known, but often misenterpreted is the Banshee. Most people see the banshee as an old woman in rags with dirty grey hair, long fingernails and sharp pointed rotten teeth. Her eyes are blood red and filled with so much hatred and sorrow that to look into them will cause instant death. This is a trick by moviemakers and the media to make a quick buck. Real banshees are non- violent and only warn of a near-coming death in the family and that preparations should be made. They most often look like a mourning woman in a black veil and dress sobbing in front of the home that will be affected by the death. And other times they can look like: An old woman with long white hair, red eyes and wearing a green dress; a deathly pale woman with long red hair dressed in a white dress and sometimes a shroud; a beautiful woman with silver hair wearing a long silver dress; or a headless woman, naked from the waist up and carrying a bowl of blood (creepy).




This culture is important to me because I am half irish and this is the culture we most often use at my home. On my mom's side she has a lot of Irish relatives, but only on her mom's side. I find this country's culture very interesting and on this project I learned a lot more about ireland and its history, customs, and traditions.







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Works Cited:

All information and pictures for this page were from http://www.yourirish.com