Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival 2018

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06/10/2018 to 04/11/2018

Samhain, the ancient Celtic Festival that we call Halloween, originated here in the Boyne Valley more than 3,000 years ago. Samhain marks the end of the old Celtic Year and the beginning of the New Year. The Celts believed that this was a time of transition, when the veil between our world and the next came down, and the spirits of all who had died since the last Oíche Shamhna (Night of Samhain) moved on to the next life.

One of the main spiritual centres of the ancient Celts was located on top of the hill of Tlachtga, now called the Hill of Ward, near Athboy, Co. Meath. The druids felt that this world and the otherworld were closest at Tlachtga and it was here that the festival of Samhain, or Halloween, was started. The old year’s fires were extinguished and, after sunset, the ceremonial New Year Samhain fire was lit here. Torches were lit from this sacred fire and carried to seven other hills around the county including Tara and Loughcrew, and then on to light up the whole countryside.

Today, Halloween (Samhain) is celebrated through a series of festivals and events with something for all ages ‘Fun by Day’ and ‘Fright by Night’. Highlights include the famously terrifying Farmaphobia,  ghost stories at the Battle of the Boyne site and Tayto Park Terrors. For details on all Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival events check out spiritsofmeath.ie or download the FREE Discover Boyne Valley App for full details.

For the main programme of events click here

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