Irish cultural customs have been a part of the unique fabric that has held Ireland together for generations. The spiritual significance of these centuries-old customs has a lot to teach us today. These customs have increased in popularity among Americans of Irish descent. Here are a few of these treasured customs:
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- Shrovetide Weddings - Anglican/Episcopal and Catholic parishes don't celebrate weddings during Lent because of the solemn nature of the season. Irish Catholics traditionally started a lot of matchmaking during Epiphany season, which starts January 6th and ends Ash Wednesday. Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday (known in some cultures as Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday) became a popular wedding date. Consider a date during this time if your clergy and other key wedding people are agreeable and you want an unusual date.
Halloween comes from the ancient celebration of Samhain and is a time a time to remember the departed, much like Dia De Los Muertos/Day of the Dead. Colcannon potatoes are often part of a meal, with an extra treat added for the kids - clean coins wrapped in wax paper and hidden within the mixture. You'll be happy because the kids will get their share of vegetables, and they'll still be able to get their share of candy.
- Christmas has traditionally been a time for a nice family dinner. Traditional puddings are always something that tops many a holiday gift list, especially for family spread far and wide. A post-Christmas Eve mass dinner that includes a goose or turkey and all the trimmings will keep everyone pleased.